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: 2 hours ago

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 February 8, 2012 at 9:33pm

Washington State Legislature has now passed Marriage Equality.  Since Governor Gregoire was forceful in promoting the bill. she is expected to sigh.  Unless an Invasion of the Republican Body Snatchers occurs.  For those of us in registered Domestic Partnerships, those relationships will transition into marriage unless the partners opt out formally.    Reuters.com  There is no question that Antimarriage groups will mount a repeal effort, resulting in foot-dragging.  The majority of state residents actually support keeping equality in place, as of the last poll that I saw.  But if such a measure did pass, then the California Measure 8 Repeal could have relevance, even though taylored to apply solely to the California situation. 

Comment by Daniel W on February 6, 2012 at 9:19pm

not not safe for work due to language.  at my workplace, anyway.  

 

Comment by Marx on February 6, 2012 at 3:33pm

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will issue a ruling on Prop. 8 tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. PT.  No matter the outcome, the next step will take it to the SCOTUS.

Comment by Daniel W on February 1, 2012 at 9:07pm

Rally for hate in Maryland.  It's hard to watch it and not think about rallies in the 40s and 50s and 60s against integration.  Hate, ignorance, parochialism, jingoism, mob mentality....  What the fuck is wrong with them?

This video is via the American Society for Tradition, Family, and Property, a supposedly lay catholic group placing ads calling for a religious war against gay people.  From their ads:

By legalizing same-sex “marriage,” the State becomes its official and active promoter. It calls on public officials to officiate at the new civil ceremony, orders public schools to teach its acceptability to children, and punishes any state employee who expresses disapproval. …

Left unchecked, this anti-Christian trend will become an unprecedented assault on the First Amendment and our American way of life that we do not hesitate to call persecution. …

As the homosexual revolution’s anti-Christian intolerance makes itself felt through increasingly persecutory measures, a terrible problem of conscience arises in any who resist: Should we follow our consciences? Should we give in?

For Catholics like ourselves, the condoning of same-sex “marriage” would be tantamount to a renunciation of Faith. …

This is a battle for the soul of America. The so-called Cultural War is gradually becoming a Religious War.


The bigots claim to be "courageous".  Bullshit.  Participating in a mob is not courageous, lying and scapegoating is not courageous, and spouting bigotry is not courageous.  

Comment by Daniel W on February 1, 2012 at 7:59pm

The bad-lip-reading of Prick Santorum.  Now I understand.  I was just hearing wrong.

 

Comment by Daniel W on January 31, 2012 at 1:34pm

TFA - you are preaching to the choir!  I agree with you on all counts!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 31, 2012 at 12:15pm

It's 2012 and this country is still fighting a Civil War from 150 years ago.  You only have to read what our fellow citizens write in the comment sections of online news articles under a cloak of anonymity to see how they really feel.  The vile, prejudiced, disgusting and hateful statements really do alarm me at times.  It's no wonder social change takes so long and countless people have to needlessly die in the process.  A few years ago Andy Rooney, famous for his old-man rants on "60 Minutes" (and an atheist) was asked in an interview "What gets you really mad?  His response?  "The stupidity of the American public."  I'm glad someone in the public eye had the balls to say the truth.   

BTW, Mayor Booker is very cute.  :)

       

Comment by Jason Fleming on January 31, 2012 at 11:23am

That is what they continually fail to understand. That protecting the minority from the tyranny of the majority is vital to a representative democracy. Yes, I know, their response to that would be "yada yada, whatev".

Catholics would still be confined to Maryland if we did everything by majority rule. Oh, and Bush would've lost to Gore.

Comment by Daniel W on January 31, 2012 at 11:18am

Loren, this is a better answer than mine.

 

Comment by Daniel W on January 31, 2012 at 10:57am

There would still be Jim Crow, of course.  

 

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