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Boy Scouts of America Will Finally Allow Transgender Children

Mackenzie Freeman

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Boy Scouts of America, or BSA, is historically a conservative and Christian organization. Until 2014, openly gay male children could not participate due to BSA’s historically discriminatory “values.” The ban remained in place on openly gay BSA employees and troop leaders until 2015. Now, as of 2017, the organization has taken another progressive step: BSA will allow transgender boys who were born as girls to join the Boy Scouts. However, it has not always been this way.

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Previously, eligibility requirements to join the Boy Scouts were based in part upon one’s gender on their birth certificate. Many boys were banned from BSA, despite meeting the qualifications for honor, loyalty, and work ethic, because of having been born into a female body. In the case of Joe Maldonaldo of New Jersey, one boy scout was told he could no longer participate in the Boy Scouts when it was discovered he had transitioned to living as a boy two years previously.

BSA Spokesperson Rebecca Rausch explains that now, gender identity is being interpreted differently by law across the country: gender binary norms are being done away with, and the trans umbrella is finally, rightfully, being recognized. Community and state laws are finally reflecting this truth. While these progressive changes vary greatly from state to state, Rausch says that BSA recognizes that its former discriminatory approach towards eligibility to join the scouts no longer sufficient. This decision comes at a time when those who fall under the trans umbrella across the country have been suffering all kinds of discriminatory distress from issues surrounding which restroom to use.

The decision may have been influenced by the Girl Scouts of America (GSA), which has already allowed transgender girls to join the Girl Scouts.

Joe Maldonaldo may need some more time to consider rejoining the Scouts, due to the emotional wounding caused by his extirpation. If he does rejoin, he will not join his previous chapter, but may consider entering into another one. Unfortunately, Joe is not the only child who had to go through this. Discrimination and exclusion are something transgender children experience from a very young age, and it may have very damaging consequences. The policy change is a rightful step towards making a safe place for children to learn how to become valuable, respectful citizens. Transgender children didn’t ask for the life they were born into, but it is who they are; they deserve this opportunity just as much as cisgender children.

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Relive the Golden Age of Air Travel With These Jaw-Dropping Photos!

Mackenzie Freeman

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We may be living in the golden age of technology, but we are certainly not living in the golden age of air travel. If you looked at the cabin of a domestic airplane in the ’50s and ’60s and compared it to today’s models, there would be precious little overlap. In order to bring back some of that luxurious travel of yesteryear, we invite you to fly with us through 35 jaw-dropping photos from the Golden Age of Air Travel.

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Blind Golden Retriever Makes Fast Friends With His ‘Seeing Eye’ Companion.

Sherry Rucherman

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If you are a living and breathing human being like us, you hate to see innocent animals suffer. In 2016, Charlie, a golden retriever, would end up losing both of his eyes due to a medical emergency. As an older dog, Charlie didn’t have to grow up without his vision.  Naturally, his owners were concerned about how their dog would adapt to life without being able to see. They knew that they had to do something to help their furry family member, so they decided to adopt a ‘seeing eye’ dog. If you can sense how cute this story is about to be, get ready to grab your tissues. We wouldn’t blame you if you cried from cute joy.

Adam Stipe adopted Charlie when the golden retriever was just a puppy. After nine years together, Charlie ended up losing his left eye due to complications resulting from glaucoma. Within a year, Charlie would lose his right eye, as well. By this time, Adam and his wife Chelsea had emptied their retirement bank account in order to pay for the treatment that had kept Charlie alive. Adam and Chelsea had also recently become pregnant. Talk about sudden life changes! In order to prepare for the baby, as well as better the life of Charlie, they decided to make a change.

When New Year’s Day arrived in 2019, Chelsea and Adam would welcome Maverick into their home. Maverick was an excitable golden retriever puppy who was ready to make new friends. Adam and Chelsea had adopted Maverick for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost, they wanted to bring a puppy home to help Charlie get around the house. Second, Adam and Chelsea also wanted a puppy to grow alongside their newborn baby. While adding a baby and puppy to your house at the same time can be tough, the loving family managed to work it out!

After a bit of tension, Charlie and Maverick would soon become fast friends. In fact, you couldn’t walk around the house with the two golden retrievers running around together. According to Adam and Chelsea, Maverick quickly became a natural ‘guide companion’ for Charlie. Maverick learned to play with and guide Charlie around all without being told. According to Chelsea, “Maverick would realize that Charlie would lose the toy sometimes, so Maverick would pick it up and put it back in front of him to re-engage playtime.”

Due to Maverick’s kindness as well as Charlie’s own loving nature, both dogs have become the best of friends. According to Adam, Charlie has even begun to play like a puppy again. When Charlie was an ‘only dog’, he wouldn’t want to play nearly as much. Despite all the difficulties that life had thrown at Charlie, it is clear that he is being protected, loved, and cared for by the best furry friend anyone could ask for.

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Can You Believe What These Historical Figures Actually Looked Like?

Lea Lomas

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When we talk about historical figures, how real do they feel to you? Unless you lived during the time that those historical figures were active, you might treat them like concepts more than living and breathing figures. Today, we are going to give you a chance to see some of the most important people from history as they would actually look! Using 3D printing, CT scans, and CGI, teams of researchers were able to bring these forty legends to life!

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