Why Swedish Male Train Drivers Wear Skirts To Work

Why Swedish Male Train Drivers Wear Skirts To WorkA dozen male train drivers in Sweden have circumvented a ban on shorts by wearing skirts to work in hot weather. The workers, who operate the Roslagsbanan line north of the capital Stockholm, have been wearing skirts to work for the past two weeks.

‘Blessing to wear skirts’

Employer Arriva banned the drivers from wearing shorts after taking over the running of the line in January. But the company has given the men its blessing to wear skirts, according to local newspaper Mitti.

‘Skirts on hot days’

“Our thinking is that one should look decent and proper when representing Arriva and the present uniforms do that. If the man only wants [to wear] a skirt then that is OK,” Arriva communications manager Tomas Hedenius told the paper. “To tell them to do something else would be discrimination.”

Driver Martin Akersten told the BBC he and his colleagues came up with the idea to wear skirts after they were informed of the new company dress code in the winter. The male drivers have chosen only to wear skirts on hot days, opting for trousers in cooler conditions.

What do you think of these train drivers’ sense of fashion — cool or not? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with us!

Source: BBC News

Image: International Business Times

Boy Scouts To Allow Openly Gay Youths To Join

Boy Scouts To Allow Openly Gay Youths To JoinOpenly gay youths will be allowed to join scouting, a historic decision the Boy Scouts of America says will keep it unclouded by “a single, divisive, and unresolved societal issue.”

‘Sexual conduct’

More than 60% of the group’s 1,400-member national council voted Thursday at an annual meeting in Grapevine, Texas, for the change, which takes effect Jan. 1.

“No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone,” says the resolution.

The BSA, however, will maintain its ban on gay adult leaders.

“The resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting,” the 103-year-old organization said in a statement after the vote.

‘To serve every kid’

BSA President Wayne Perry said the vote came after “an extensive dialogue within the scouting family (that) was exhaustive and … very respectful.”

“No matter how you feel about this issue, kids are better off in scouting,” Perry told reporters. “Our mission is to serve every kid.”

Reaction from interest groups to Thursday’s vote was swift. The Human Rights Campaign said the BSA took a “historic step forward.” Scouts for Equality and GLAAD lauded the BSA’s “commitment to creating a more inclusive organization.”

Conservative groups and some religious organizations argued against making any change in the membership policy, saying it would dilute the Boy Scout message of morality and potentially destroy the organization.

Are you for or against the Boy Scouts’ decision to allow openly gay youths to join? Why or why not?

Source: Phil Gast. Greg Botelho and Devon M. Sayers, CNN

Image: The Christian Science Monitor