Post 134 looks a lot like left-wing Portland. It is strikingly young and feisty and plays host to indie-rock shows, sexual assault survivor groups, Sunday morning children’s bands, literary events, a food pantry, annual missionary trips to Haiti and trivia nights catering to gays, lesbians and transgender people.

“As far as I know, we’re the very first post to ever sign someone who was born a woman into the Sons of the American Legion, and someone who was born a man into the [Women’s] Auxiliary,” says Davis, a writing instructor at two local community colleges who fights wildfires during the summer.