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 James Croft on April 23, 2010 at 9:47am
This photo of myself and my partner Craig was used in the Harvard Crimson yesterday to accompany an article about a university Kiss-In. When being interviewed for the article I talked a lot about my Humanism, and about Humanist approaches to sex and sexuality. Hope you like it!

Comment by Little Name Atheist on April 23, 2010 at 1:01am
Thanks for posting that Daniel. I understand about the PTSD. I've seen a few kids from my hometown sign up to Nexus in the last few days. Maybe one of these days, some of them will end up in this group.

Thanks Mike. I needed a good laugh.
Comment by Jason on April 22, 2010 at 1:43pm
Well, that wasn't excessively suggestive!!!
Comment by Jason on April 22, 2010 at 1:31pm
Although I know the cartoon is depicting Phelps, I couldn't help to wonder for who's father-in-law that cake was intended!!!!! :)
Comment by Marx on April 22, 2010 at 10:45am
Thanks for sharing that, Daniel. It brought a tear to my eye. Both eyes, actually. Kudos to the students, as well as the faculty and parents who supported them.
Comment by Daniel W on April 22, 2010 at 10:17am
This was embedded in a separate discussion topic. It's a great positive message.



I'm so happy that some kids today know the embrace of their communities. I think I still have some PTSD from my uwn upbringing, long ago. Seems like it's possible to move on, but the scars never completely heal. What these kids have is what I wish for the next generation everywhere.
Comment by Daniel W on April 20, 2010 at 10:16pm
Jason,
That's a great insight! Thanks!
Comment by Jason on April 20, 2010 at 5:47pm
Actually the etymology for the word marriage is of Latin origin. The implication was of a male's dominance when selecting a concubine for the sole purpose of rendering an offspring, particularily a male, thereby perpetuating the man's lineage. Furthermore, it was common for men to share sexual experiences with other men regerdless of their matrimonial status. So realistically the fight for gay unions in the context marriage is not necessarily about fighting for the privilege to marry as much as it is deemed a social status which carries with it privileges which are denied to others. This country has unjustifiably granted favortism to heterosexual married couples with children crossing the invisible line between church and state.
Comment by dr kellie on April 20, 2010 at 5:25pm
I think yall are taking the pic all wrong. I would expect the most practical interpretation is that both are single straight men who want to marry women. I've seen paper moon photos like that before with only one man or woman in the shot. But then, you never can tell. I refuse to totally rain on this parade:)
Comment by Woody Bass on April 19, 2010 at 7:45pm
well.. as non-theists.. im not sure why we would want "marriage" to begin with since the word in and of itself is religious (biblical even I believe) in origin
 

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