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 Thursday

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 Joan Denoo on February 16, 2013 at 12:19am

Sentient, I am happy to learn of your positive experience. 

Comment by Daniel W on February 15, 2013 at 11:20pm

Just something I can't get out of my mind.  I can't say I'm not out at work - I've talked about my partner to most of the coworkers who are closest to me, and my senior manager, and HR knows for sure.  I have speculated that it's at least a factor, if not THE factor, for why I was harassed into leaving a prior office location, where my performance by all measures was among the best but the harassment was intolerable.  So most of the time I keep to myself, and never speak explicitly, at all, about being gay.  It's not hidden at all, but I just keep quiet. 

Yesterday the office staff were discussing their husbands' lack of giving them chocolates or flowers for valentines day. "My hubby never gives me flowers" .  In my role, I don't engage in the banter and gossip.  I'm just nice to everyone.  As I walked past, one of them said, "So, did your hubby give YOU flowers for valentines day?"  Blew me away.  I had never spoken to her about my hubby.

The answer was, "No, he's in China for Chinese New Year with his family" and she say "Awe, you poor man!  You deserve better"

Made me feel really good.  Totally accepting.  Nice feeling.  

I still have some PTSD about an earlier life of abuse and harassment and discrimination.  But yesterday felt really good.

Comment by Daniel W on February 15, 2013 at 11:10pm

I am sure the "god made a gay man" video is a parody of the  awful Paul Harvey dodge commercial.  I could also comment on the issue of inclusiveness - maybe it will start an internet meme for "god made a .....  " LGBTI person.  Or even "Evolution made a....."

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 15, 2013 at 10:58pm

The pro-gay message of your video is great, Sentient Biped, but the drumbeat of theism -yuck!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 15, 2013 at 10:27pm
Sentient, that is a beautiful and inspiring film. Thank you.
Comment by Daniel W on February 15, 2013 at 10:13pm

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 14, 2013 at 2:40pm

Appropriate for Valentine's Day -- the Illinois Senate passed marriage equality!

Comment by Chrissie Farthing on February 11, 2013 at 10:40pm

Oh, she is creepy but if you watch the video it is her and its the look she gave when they asked her if gay people had any use whatever and she was saying "in her opinion NO"  When you look at the data on Sullivan IN. There are just over 4000 people there and the average wages of those people in that town is in the $21K range and many have no job it appears they are not a very competent group.

Comment by Daniel W on February 11, 2013 at 9:48pm

Dallas,  I wonder if that pic of the special ed teacher was somehow photoshopped?  There's something not-right about her disconjugate gaze.    Kind of creepy, really.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 11, 2013 at 2:53pm

Congratulations, Chrissie, on fully affirming your true self!

You're right, religion seems to be behind a great deal of the insistence on following the "One True Way" to be a real man, or a real woman, or a real small furry creature from Alpha Centauri. (I do miss Douglas Adams.)

 

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