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Boy Scouts of America will now allow transgender children who identify as boys to enroll

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The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday that it will now allow transgender children who identify as boys to enroll in its boys-only programs. 

The organization's previous policy only considered the gender listed on a child's birth certificate. Now, the program will look that the gender a child or parent lists on the application to become a scout. 

A spokeswoman for Boy Scouts of America said the organization made the decision because the way gender is defined has changed. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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