Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Video shows parental confusion about "known homosexuals" even in these times



“Im From Driftwood” has a YouTube video (Dec. 2017) where a man tells his Catholic father, when coming home from college, that he is gay, after the father had gotten rumors “Your Son Is Being Seen Around Town with Known Homosexuals”.  His first reaction, "I am known too". 


The middle aged speaker had grown up in Louisville, KY.  He says his Christian parents used a strategy of “containment”. So it was with mine after William and Mary. 

Then the speaker’s partner got HIV.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Visit to Rehoboth clubs; Timcast examines the question of refusing to date transgender people: is this "discrimination"?




Saturday I made my annual visit to Rehoboth, stopping first in Ocean City and then Bethany Beach.
   
In Ocean City, I found you could park free on the other side of the isthmus.
  
I got to Rehoboth about 6 PM and visited Diego’s Hideway bar.  The quiet bar has an outdoor patio, an interior mirror that makes the place look bigger, and a black curtain behind which there is a small dance floor.  There was to be a military-man dance Saturday night. I did not come back because Rehoboth was so crowded with such extreme traffic.  I was able to park on the main drag for two hours and walk to Queen Street, which (at the far south end of the Boardwalk) around 7 PM was relatively empty.  This time, Rehoboth seemed to be much more family-occupied, with fewer gay men than in previous visits.  I did pass by the Purple Parrot but didn’t have time to eat there before moving my car.

I thought I would mention Tim Pool’s Timcast video where Tim discusses the new Conde Nast publication “Them” with coverage of the LGTBT community.  Pool seems to be a somewhat conservative commentator, critical of the emotionality of the far Left but with kinder, gentler more inclusive focus (why can’t the entire GOP behave this way)?  Lately Pool has been critical of Ocasio-Ortez’s exclusion of the press from her community town halls.

  
Pool analyses a “Them” article on the willingness of cis-gendered people to date trans people.  Now, dating or not dating someone is a personal preference;  it’s not supposed to be discussed as “discrimination” – until it is, because of the long-range implications of whom people see as attractive.
  
An ABC episode of “Mistresses” (TV blog, July 5, 2016) had dealt with this issue.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Trump's policy on HIV infected soldiers is not well known



John Riley on Metro Weekly describes the case of Sgt. Nick Harrison, who had survived years of “don’t ask don’t tell” as a military lawyer and member of the Oklahoma National Guard.
  
It got better, of course, in 2011 with the official repeal.

But Harrison got HIV, which in his case is easily controlled by modern protease inhibitors, apparently without impairment. But military rules don’t allow him to be deployed outside the US for more than one year at a time. Trump’s new policy would force him to be discharged.  This has not been discussed much.

Early in the debate on the military ban during the first Clinton years, there was talk of battlefield transfusions (which don’t happen) as a reason not to lift the ban. This didn’t get much attention because of all of Nunn’s talk of “privacy” and “unit cohesion”.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Vermont Democratic voters nominate a transgender woman for governor; nasty incident in OK; more on Baltimore Eagle; Masterpiece back in court



A few varied items this morning.


First, Christine Hallquist is the first transgender nominee for governor of a state, being Vermont’s Democratic Party nominee after Tuesday’s victory, as on NBC Today. One can imagine Kristin Beck as being qualified for Secretary of Defense, for example (and deal with Trump's attempted ban). 

A middle school in Achille, OK closes for at least two days after threats from parents against a transgender student in a covert group surfaced online, according to a CNN story among others.  This sounds like particularly shocking behavior.  Some accounts have the entire ISD closed. 

  
Yesterday, I visited the site of the Baltimore Eagle before going to the Parkway theater for a film.  I saw no changes. I had a dinner in the Spanish restaurant Tapas Teatro on Charles Street (adjoining the Charles Street theaters) and the wait staff was familiar with the dispute and said there had been a nasty battle on social media. 

Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado is back in court again -- this time for refusing to make a cake for a trangender person in transition, People magazine story. Phillips claims that God's assignment of biological gender is a religious conviction -- but what if science shows otherwise?  (Intersex exists, for example.) Does public accomodation here overcome any compelled speech issue?  Are transgender people a legitimate suspect class?

One other note:



As I left the Parkway last night I passed a bus offloading demonstrators on Charles Street. I'm not sure what "Unite Here" is all about. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Political correctness now complains about straight men playing gay men in the movies; Chandler Massey at HRC in Atlanta



The social justice warriors are at it again, complaining that Disney will cast a “straight” actor Jack Whitehall in the upcoming film “Jungle Cruise”, CBS News story

Recently there was a flap leading to Scarlett Johanssen’s canceling out of playing a transgender character in “Rub and Tug”.

This is all pretty silly.  Straight actors have played gay characters and vice versa all the time. Sexual orientation should not be a parameter on Imdbpro (after all the flap about birthdates because older actors lost out on opportunities).

Some male actors may not want to play transgender characters because they wouldn’t like the necessary body alterations.  But then what about playing competitive swimmers or cyclists.  On “Days of our Lives”, a soap, it seems that a few of the male actors are shedding body hair intermittently with some regularity. Maybe one of the characters (especially Will) will transition.
  
   
Chandler Massey returned to “Days” recently, after “amnesia” when he was strangled to death by a psycho and then was resurrected.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Strict voter-id laws seem to trip up transgender voters



Strict voter-id laws in many states may seriously impact transgender voters, according to a study by the Williams Institute at the UCLA law school, link

The numbers for Virginia were rather shocking. 

There seem to be problems when the picture doesn’t match the gender after transition, and the person hasn’t replace the ID.  I’m not sure why many voters would have trouble replacing these photos. 

But there are also problems with actually recording the gender change on official state records according to voter id laws.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Trump's transgender military ban turned down again, as only marginally better than the original one



A second federal judge has rejected Trump’s slightly modified ban on transgender service members – those in transition or not willing to serve in their original biological gender.  Metro Weekly reports
  
So far the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" seems to be holding. 

It's interesting to remember that Selective Service Registration is required of any one born as a biological male (and it isn’t clear what happens with intersex).

I don't know the gender of the deer in front of me in Tidewater VA today. 

Monday, August 06, 2018

Georgetown University in Washington offers full scholarship to gay student expelled by his parents, after successful GoFundMe page


Georgetown University has extended a full scholarship to an incoming freshman, Seth Owen, who was expelled from his home by his parents when they found out he was gay (it’s not clear if he told them himself from this report), NBC News story here. He had been a high school valedictorian. 

A former high school teacher set up a GoFundMe page, which raised over six times its goal.  At that point Georgetown decided to offer the scholarship, which normally would have not been extended because his family could have contributed.


Perhaps this is somewhat reminiscent of my own fiasco with William and Mary in 1961 – but not exactly, as my parents picked up the tab at GWU (also in DC)  for four years with final tuition in those days ending at $800 a semester for 15 hours credit. 

Based on religion, this could have been challenging for Georgetown, at least in the past, as a Catholic (Jesuit) university. 
I had not heard about this until maybe this past weekend. 

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Extremist chatter from both sides of the "gay divide" continues, to be exploited by the Russians



An older gay man in Florida, who calls himself center-of-right, writes a strong letter to the Wall Street Journal where he calls major gay rights organizations “hate groups” and praises Senator Orin Hatch for condemning people’s bringing politics into public spaces and refusing to serve others whom they disagree with, for religious or any reason (that goes both ways, as Sarah Sanders found out).

On Saturday, July 28, Freddie’s Beach bar experienced religious protestors outdoors from its drag show.  I don’t recall this has happened at any bar in the DC area.  I was at a party in Fairfax VA Saturday night
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A GOP candidate for a state house seat from Poplar Bluff, MO claims that homosexuality is more dangerous than smoking and that being gay cuts 30 years off life expectancy.  But such claims may have held more traction for men back in the 1980s during the explosive AIDS epidemic.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Controversy over surrogacy in Israel



There has been some controversy over changes in the law in Israel to allow surrogate parenting for gay couples and singles.

Originally it was reported that female couples would be allowed surrogacy but not male couples (to use a woman as mother), because of religious pressure.

But Benjamin Netanyahu denied he had opposed allowing it for male couples. 
  
This is not something I personally would do

Wikipedia attribution for railway picture in Israel: 
GFDL, Link