Latter-day Saint Life

Boy Scouts of America Allow Transgender Youth in Program


Learn more about how the Boy Scouts of America's announcement that the program will allow transgender boys to participate might impact the Church.

The Boy Scouts of America said Monday it will begin accepting transgender boys in its boys-only programs, which is a move away from its long-time practice of determining eligibility by gender as stated on a birth certificate.

In and around Utah, many wonder how that policy change will affect the Boy Scouts’ relationship with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, BSA’s first sponsoring unit with more than a century’s history as well as its largest chartering sponsor.

In July 2015, the LDS Church took a deliberate, month-long pause to look at its affiliation with Scouting programs when the BSA’s National Executive Board voted 45-12 to end the organization’s blanket ban on gay adult leaders.

Lead image from Deseret News
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