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In this Saturday, June 25, 2016 photo, Cub Scouts watch a race during the Second Annual World Championship Pinewood Derby in New York's Times Square. Nearly 12 months after the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board's decision to end a long-standing blanket ban on participation by openly gay adults, the Boy Scouts seem more robust than they have in many years. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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


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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