Tuesday, January 22, 2019

SCOTUS allows partial transgender military ban to go forward for now; Libertarian party (pun) dance at Pitcher's

The Supreme Court has overturned a stay and allowed Trump’s partial transgender ban to go into effect while it is resolved in appellate courts. SCOTUS has also declined to hear the cases now itself. 
The ban would apply to servicemembers who have stated that they have gender dysphoria and need surgery or other specific treatment. 
CNN this morning reported that there are about 9000 transgender persons in the US Armed Forces.  That compares to probably about 50000 openly gay (cis-gendered) troops.  The 9000 number sounds a bit high (maybe it includes reserves). Yet gay activists claim 15000 transgender members and probably 100000 openly gay members (at the 10% rate), not counting the reserves. 

Barbara Starr reported from the Pentagon indicating that it would proceed very carefully and that it respects the integrity of all of its troops with respect to gender identity and sexual orientation.
NBC News has a detailed story on all the SCOTUS actions this morning, here

PFLAG sent out a press release with a "graphic novel" or manga comic strip piece on going through transition., here
I did attend the LibertyCon Party Friday night at Pitcher’s in Washington’s Adams Morgan.  The women’s bar downstairs was very crowded.  The different rooms tended to segregate, with many of the people from the conference preferring the larger second floor bar.   The name of the gay bar is fortuitous.  The Nationals may have a killer starting pitching rotation this season.  But it looks like Washington needs some of the geekier players (like Scherzer, Zimmerman) in Congress rather than the ball field.  

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Politicians (and their spouses) make gay news, with an ironic day in Facebook jail

Karen Pence, the second Lady, is reported to be teaching at a Catholic school in northern Virginia that allegedly bans gay or trans teachers and students.

We hear occasional reports about a few such institutions that are very adamant about their ideas of religious teachings. Yet it seems that, especially among Catholics (with its insistence on a celibate priesthood, which backfires) there is an idea that if you ban all sexuality for everyone outside of marriage and procreation, then family formation gets easier for “everyone”.

Gay Representative Brian Sims was temporarily suspended for a day from Facebook for forwarding to his page, for “journalistic purposes”, a homophobic attack sent to him. Facebook doesn’t want you to report attacks made on you? 

Monday, January 14, 2019

WSJ op-ed criticizes allowing women in combat, recalls old arguments that led to DADT

On Monday, January 14, 2019 the Wall Street Journal offered an op-ed on p. A17 by Heather MacDonald, “Women don’t belong in combat units”. 
She ironically criticized Trump for trying to ban transgender persons from the military (at least those with diagnosed gender dysphoria) rather than taking on the cost of lowering the standards for females in combat units.

She also gives examples of heterosexual misconduct that results from close quarters – and this article bears a curious reflection of the arguments that were advanced against gays (not trans) in the military in 1993 when Bill Clinton tried to life the ban and wound up with “don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t pursue”.
It’s well to remember that mandatory Selective Service registration exists for people born of age 18-15 and listed a biological males at birth.  No one wants to talk about this or “give anyone ideas” by reminding policymakers of this anomaly.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

China's policies against LGBTQ speech start to resemble Russia's

Dennis Villarreal of LQBTQ Nation writes that China takes a “don’t ask don’t tell” attitude toward gay groups, saying “don’t encourage, don’t discourage, don’t promote”.  

China will not allow nonprofits to operate without government registration, and will not allow wording that indicates gay or queer in the names. 

Homosexual acts are legal in China, as in Russia;  but the speech policy is starting to resemble Russia’s.  China sees open homosexuality as a provocative distraction from social harmony.
China also bans gay content from social media and television, comparing it to incest and pedophilia (much as Russia pretends to do).

It’s interesting to wonder if the end of the one-child policy, and possible birth dearth in some areas, matters.
The norms of male attraction may be less striking in non-white cultures.

Friday, January 11, 2019

NYTimes magazine does feature on gay conservatives

Benoit Denizet-Lewis has a New York Magazine “Feature”, “For gay conservatives, the Trump era is the best of times and the worst of times.”  
The article describes the natural idea of being socially liberal and fiscally conservative, even libertarian (as with Gays and Lesbians for Individual Liberty in the 1990s).

Many gays are wondering why the radical Left is trying to erase their freedom of speech.  You’re not supposed to debate positions that are related to immutable characteristics that define identity and even intersectional groups.

The article notes the somewhat quizzical attitude toward trans and gender fluid people.  You’re not allowed to question this subminority, which is said to be very small.  Conservative gays are mixed on Trump’s attempted ban on trans in the military, believing in the abstract idea for someone through transition but realizing the practical issues in many cases.

And gay men tend to be attracted to men whom they perceive as “masculine”, and find that the idea of fluidity is almost offensive, destroying whatever generates erotic interest.  So you find some gay Youtube channels, like Eduardo Sanchez-Ubanell, who seem to celebrate masculinity for its own sake.  

Milo Yiannopoulos, who has fallen, is the most notorious gay conservative.  He has gone over the top and been reckless (every since Gamergate) but the smears of him seem way out of line with the fact. 

 Someone like Eduardo finds much nicer ways to express manly values.
The Palm Center has released a fact sheet on the case of Trump’s military transgender ban (for dysphoria) on the possible outcomes. 

Picture: Therapy club, NYC this week; also Stonewall National Monument.  On Tuesday nights, Therapy has a drag show with tables rather than dance floor.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Major insurance company drops ban on men using PrEP

The Massachusetts attorney general has negotiated a settlement with Mutual of Omaha, in which the company will no longer deny health or life insurance to people (usually gay men) who use PrRP, especially Truvalda.

The story was released by Fenway Health early today.

This would be a very important development as health care changes under the Trump administration’s “attack” on Obamacare.

Friday, January 04, 2019

Appeals court upholds Trump's partial transgender military ban, with respect to gender dysphoria

The Federal Circuit court of appeals for the District of Columbia allowed the Trump administration a partial “victory” today in allowing part of Trump’s attempted transgender ban to stand.

The Armed forces can remove  transgender soldiers who show (DSM manual defined) “gender dysphoria”, according to a Reuters story here.  The Court noted that this does not include all people who claim non-conformity. Mattis had included to implement this partial “ban”.
But not all transgender people suffer dysphoria, which is a surprising fact that most people don’t know. But the video above considers all the “fluid” categories (maybe created out of intersectionality, or maybe from the Rosenfels polarity theory) as “transgender”, which is not really very useful.   

Kristin Beck reports that the lower court  repeal of Trump's ban is still in effect however in most of the US (twitter link)