LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends

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LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends

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

Members: 17
Latest Activity: Oct 10

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 Daniel W on March 3, 2013 at 3:42pm

Joan, thank you for posting that video.  It was really quite moving.

It's important not to make assumptions or stereotype anyone.  Not just because it's morally wrong.  But because stereotypes close minds and prevent us from understanding and thinking, and because it's often factually wrong.  So to assume Texans are more prejudiced than, say, New Yorkers, leaves out all of the people who are more open. 

I didn't see what town the video was shot in - that might make a difference.

Also, I have mixed feeling about this sort of "gotcha" "candid-camera" journalism, faking situations to see how people react.  The same program has done similar episodes on racism.  I would feel set up and betrayed I I stepped up to help someone, and found out it was all fake.

Even so, this was moving, and enlightening.  Thanks again.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 3, 2013 at 3:32pm

Ummm, Joan?  Pardon my French, but HOLY FUCK!  That was pretty amazing, and particularly in Texas, where withholding service is legal?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2013 at 3:21pm
A Hidden Camera Show Goes To Texas. It Did Not Expect To Find This.
http://www.upworthy.com/a-hidden-camera-show-goes-to-texas-it-did-n...
Comment by Grinning Cat on March 1, 2013 at 8:53am
Comment by Steph S. on February 28, 2013 at 9:41pm

That's terrible news. I'm reading about the murder of that mayoral candidate now. So sad.

Comment by Daniel W on February 28, 2013 at 8:20pm
I don't have words to express how angry I am about that killing. I better not say more- profanity would ensue.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2013 at 5:32pm

Now, let's keep an eye on prosecution, trial and sentence. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 28, 2013 at 5:19pm

That's a sad story, Joan.  But fast police work:

Man charged with killing gay Mississippi mayoral candidate

Reuters news article

A 22-year-old man has been charged with killing a gay black mayoral candidate in the small but violent Mississippi town of Clarksdale after his body was found near the river, authorities said on Thursday.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2013 at 4:17pm

“I came from nothing and will die with nothing but my dignity. So why not use my life for good?”

Marco McMillan, a mayoral candidate from Clarksdale, Mississippi

Openly Gay Mayoral Candidate Found Dead in Mississippi

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 26, 2013 at 1:59pm

On a different topic: Grumpy Cat makes a forceful point here!

(from the pro-equality March 4 Marriage page on Facebook)

 

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