We at Queerty love to see politicians work out a good compromise, after all, that sort of is the whole idea behind democracy, and San Francisco politicians may just work out a doosey. Basically, a retired battleship, The Iowa was to be moved to San Francisco Bay as a permanent tourist attraction until the city council voted 8-3 against it.
Some opponents said they were taking a stand against both the war in Iraq and a military that boots out gays and lesbians, a powerful faction in local politics.
A stretch maybe, but a valid point. But now, advocates for the battleship have proposed to build next to the ship a museum centered around minorities in the armed forces, with a focus on gays and lesbians who have helped maintain Americaâ€™s freedom.
“Our feeling was that this would make it a better fit for San Francisco,” said Jim Maloney, director of the Military Education Initiative, a group that supports the lifting of restrictions on gays in the military. “Adding in the component of LGBT service would be obviously quite unique,” he said.
Weâ€™ll keep you updated on how it goes, but where it stands (or floats) now, we think a museum dedicated to minorities in the military is about a good an idea as any. Do ask, Do tell.
Shot Down Once, Battleship Plan Returns [LA Times]