9-years-old Joe Maldonado made international headlines earlier this year when he became the nation’s first openly transgender Cub Scout after his case prompted the Boy Scouts of America to change its policy to allow transgender students.
Joe Maldonado says he’s proud he was able to start a conversation that led to change for the Boy Scouts, but he’s sad President Trump isn’t listening. In an interview with MSNBC, Joe said he thinks Trump rescinding protections for transgender students should not be a state issue, saying not allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice is “ridiculous.”
MSNBC’s Katy Tur spoke with Joe about the Trump administration’s action that rescinded Title IX protections granted to transgender people by President Obama. Those civil rights include the freedom to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. Joe told Katy that he does not believe where transgender people are and are not allowed to go should be left up to the states, because some states might try to limit transgender peoples’ civil rights.
“I think it’s wrong,” he said. “Because some governors will probably say no. And I don’t think any states should be for that rule.”
His mother, Kristie, agreed.