LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends

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LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends

Nontheist lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people & friends.

Members: 18
Latest Activity: on Saturday

Forum is now open for comments only, due to limited moderation.

The original creator has been absent 8 years.  She may no longer identify as Lesbian or as Atheist, but could still experience discrimination due to being listed as creator of this group.  This group does come up on internet search with this person, and her photo photo, as group creator.  We live in era when discrimination can be expected to increase on many fronts.

I moderated since that time. On several occasions, I requested that another member moderate, but was unable to find a volunteer who would actively moderate content.

Please be aware, posts left active on this group, especially discussion forum, can be hazardous to members, even ones who have been gone for many years.  In most states and countries, there is no protection for LGBT people regarding employment, housing, or employment.  The same is true regarding atheists.  Some members may not even be aware of discrimination, and may not be aware that their old posts and images are still there to come back and haunt them.  Posts and the membership list are visible on internet searches.

There has been at least one case of a member of Atheist Nexus experiencing employment discrimination due to their membership. 

Another member of Atheist Nexus was murdered in India, in 2011 (Ajita Kamal).  As far as I can tell, the perpetrator and motive were never found, but Kamal was a known atheist, and known atheists are frequently targeted for brutal killings in South Asia.

Any member who posts, without having their own photo or name on their screen name and avatar, is expressing implied agreement, by default, about the importance of privacy, even on the internet.

A controversial group needs an active moderator, who will look out for the needs and safety of the members, as much as possible in such a forum.

As has recently been done, posts on Atheist Nexus are subject to screenshots.  They are also be subject to internet search.

I recommend that interested members start a new LGBT group, so that there is no issue with long absent group creator and no longer having a moderator.  Until that time, this group is open for a rolling comment wall.  I am not able to expire comments without closing the entire comment page, due to host program (Ning) limitations on moderation.

Daniel W.

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Comment by Tony Carroll on April 14, 2012 at 9:24pm

SB,I guess all this reading of myths from my youth is somehow paying off. Don't know about the Aztecs, but since their religion is derived from the Maya, probably so. The Mayan had a child/dwarf diety, but can't remember the name right now. This diety introduced homoerotic relationships to the nobles in Mayan culture, as I recall. Not for the common people. Such unions were considered legally binding, marriage.  But then again, you could have multiple mates (if you were noble), of varying degrees. Interesting stuff. In my youth, got really into mythology, and expanded it to cultures other than Greco-Roman, which is where we stopped in school.

Comment by Daniel W on April 14, 2012 at 8:43pm

Tony, thanks for the information about not-necessarily-hetro deities.  I should make a list.  I bet there are some in the Aztec pantheon too.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 14, 2012 at 2:01pm

Well, some people like being pissed on.  (Present company excluded.  However, I've never been given the opportunity.) 

Comment by Tony Carroll on April 14, 2012 at 12:33pm

Hey SB. In the current, western religious belief system, i.e. christianity, there are indeed no LGBT dieties. Though homoertica is certainly suggested/hinted at. In the older religions, I'm reminded of Apollo, who had a male lover named Hyacinth. When Hyacinth died, Apollo took some of his blood and created the flower we know today. Also Astarte, who was quite often depicted as a hermaphrodite, had a class of all male gay priests. They were called Kelabim.  So many more examples, to many to list.

As to why the press act as they do, you got me. To find the real "stories behind the stories", you have to dig. Pain in the ass. The press seem to take as many passes as everybody else does, not putting in the work.

And please remember, we as a community care about you, and I do personally." It is better to be pissed off than to be pissed on ". Peace to you always. Be well.

Comment by Daniel W on April 14, 2012 at 9:31am

Richard, good question.  I don't have any answers to that.  I also want to know why there are no LGBT deities.  Unfair.

 

TFA, the press should also include pro-gay religious slant when they have anti-gay religious slant.  Their so-called balance is pandering to the bigots.  There are plenty of pro-LGBT religious people and groups, so there is no excuse for what seems to be presenting the "religious" or "chrisitian" view as always being anti-LGBT.  (Sorry, I'm feeling especially pissed off lately.  Reading too many blogs, joe.my.god and holy bullies).

 

Susan, smart policy.  I should be more judicious in what I watch.

 

OK, time to be more positive.  (Yes, I keep saying that).  To counter the evil lying harpy Kalley Yanta's "Marriage Minute" and the supposedly-married-non-ring-wearing-invisible-husband Vogon Troll Maggie Gallagher, and the magisterium propagandist has-been child star Kirk Cameron, here's the cute nerdy slightly scruffy Matt Baume with lots of marriage equality related news, much positive:

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 14, 2012 at 12:28am

Sentient....that's a very unique comparison....and dead on.  The reason these folks get media airtime is ONLY because their view has a religious slant.  And for some reason we're supposed to respect them no matter WHAT they say. 

Comment by Richard Healy on April 13, 2012 at 11:16pm
SB - re: the photos a few pages back ref "was Jesus gay?"

Why in that 2nd one does Steve Buscemi* (circa "The Big Lebowski") have a halo?




*or David Bowie, possibly.
Comment by Richard Healy on April 13, 2012 at 11:09pm
Some tough questions which was good to see. I hope he sprayed his hand with 70% ethanol after he shook it.
Comment by Daniel W on April 13, 2012 at 10:13pm

I'm sorry for the comparison, but I wonder in the 60s during the civil rights era, did the press interview white supremacists about their  opinions on civil rights?  I'm so fucking sick of these people who get to expound their hate while pretending it's "god's way".  Jesus H. Christ, no one is forcing those people to marry their own sex.  Get over it.

Comment by Susan Stanko on April 13, 2012 at 1:10pm

I stopped watching after the guy said a few words.

 

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