Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Real progress on lifting military transgender ban; also BSA ban on LGBT scout leaders; road club visit
Monday, news media reported that the US Armed forces are drawing up a plan to admit transgender military personnel or allow TG to remain in the service after change. AP story by Lolita Baldor is here ABC has an interesting story about female-to-male soldier Shane Ortega here.
And the Boy Scouts of America will reconsider completely removing the ban on adult gay scout leaders. The BBC story is here. But Vox reports that Scott Walker (R-WI governor and presidential candidate) claims that the ban "protects children" (from what, "deciding" to live as gay adults and not have children? -- sounds like Vladimir Putin).
Saturday night, I did visit the Pulse Disco in Orlando. There was definitely a Latino night feel. I don’t know if this is normal on Saturdays. There are two main (both small) dance floors or rooms, with male dancers in the smaller of the two.
The bar was about two miles south of the center of downtown (which fooled me); on Orange St and Main there was a street festival, with break dancers, and many streets closed. It seemed to be a “barfest”. I went into a place called the Sidekick.