A New Jersey boy has become the first openly transgender member of the Boy Scouts. This comes one week after the Boy Scouts of America changed its policy to allow transgender children to join the organization. Nine-year-old Joe Maldonado joined Pack 20 in Maplewood following the organization’s decision to allow transgender scouts. The Boy Scouts changed their policy last week after Maldonado’s story gained national attention. The Boy Scouts of America decided in 2013, after intense debate, to allow openly gay youth as scouts. The Scouts lifted a ban on gay troop leaders and employees in July 2015 after more pressure.