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8-Year-Old Boy Kicked Out Of Cub Scouts Because He's Transgender!

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One step forward, two steps back.

As you may be aware, it's been over three years since the Boy Scouts of America finally started allowing openly gay children in their group — and about a year and a half since they extended that invitation to adult Den Leaders as well.

Unfortunately, it still looks like we're years away from getting true equality in the controversial organization… because an 8-year-old boy was just kicked out of Cub Scouts for being transgender!

Related: Trump Inauguration Singer Jackie Evancho's Sister Is Trans…

Joe Maldonado first joined Pack 87 in Secaucus, New Jersey back in October, but was almost immediately asked to leave due to his gender identity just a month later in November.

According to momma Kristie Maldonado, though, it wasn't other kids who were concerned with his appearance — Joe has been living as a boy for over a year now — it was their parents.

But to make things even worse, Scouts spokesperson Effie Delimarkos actually defended their decision to discriminate against the child in a statement, saying:

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Pentatonix Hit The CMA Awards Red Carpet In All Black

CMA Awards: Pentatonix walks the red carpet.

A capella not only lives but thrives!

Pentatonix have steadily been rising in popularity over the past year, with their latest album coming in at #1 on the Billboard charts.

The five-member group looked like bona fide superstars at the CMA Awards in Nashville on Wednesday night.

As the lone female member, Kristie Maldonado clearly stood out, but it also helped that she was dressed to impress in a voluminous black dress!

Her fellow singers mostly kept it chill in tuxes, but Mitch Grassi and Kevin Olusola stepped out of the box in a long black coat and contrast leather jacket, respectively.

Avi Kaplan and Scott Hoying will have to step it up if they want to outdo their fellow band members!

Get a closer look in the gallery (above)!

[Image via Getty Images.]

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