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 Steph S. on July 18, 2012 at 8:06pm

Hey there Tony!

Comment by Tony Carroll on July 18, 2012 at 8:00pm

Hey guys. One of the case managers at the hospital I work at needs some help. She needs resources. As in web sites she can direct people to for LGBTQI help. I am totally inadequete at what I know. I told her about the PFLAG site, and GLADD site, but I don't know much else beyond that. So, my friends, if you could please send some info, I will make sure she gets it to help her clients and families. Thanks in advance, Tony. Be well.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 15, 2012 at 12:01pm

It's absolutely no surprise that neo-conservative groups from the US are behind anti-gay lobbying in Europe.  The same thing has been going on in Uganda for years.  The Box Turtle Bulletin blog (www.boxturtlebulletin.com) has meticulously documented the hateful actions and influence US christian evangelicals have had on African countries, especially in Uganda.  A very lethal combination of African superstitious belief and evangelical christianity has resulted in a literal death sentence for the LGBT community.  Blogger Jim Burroway from Box Turtle Bulletin should definitely be worthy of a nomination for some kind of journalistic award for his tireless documentation of the horrible situation in Africa.    

Comment by Steph S. on July 15, 2012 at 1:08am
Thanks for all the article links - I will have to get caught up on my news.
How's everyone doing this weekend?
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on July 13, 2012 at 3:21pm


Anti-gay lobby in Brussels linked to US neocons

http://euobserver.com/890/116769

BRUSSELS - Lobbyists in the EU capital opposing gay rights are in close contact with US neo-conservative organisations, raising questions about where their money comes from. The lobbyists themselves deny any funding comes from overseas.

One such lobby group is European Dignity Watch, founded in 2010, advocating "life, the family and fundamental freedoms."

According to the EU transparency register, it has an annual budget of €80,816 - all in the form of anonymous donations.

It rallies against abortion, euthanasia, but most ardently against gay rights. It accuses the European Parliament of pressuring member states into legalising same-sex marriage, and the European Commission of bias for hosting a pro-gay photo exhibition.

Its website provides no contact details. It lists four board members, one of whom - Sophia Kuby - is accredited for access to the European Parliament. A fifth member, Italian constitutional judge Marta Cartabia, is only mentioned in the organisation's official records.

Its president, Jorge Soley, is a well-known figure within the European Christian-conservative movement. He is the founder of the Fundacion Burke in Spain, a conservative think-tank, and one of four board members of the Center for European Renewal, based in The Hague.

That organisation, according to the country’s official register, is a pan-European "support fund" whose activities include "the acquisition and provision of funds" and whose goal is "the promotion of Western civilisation."

Also on the organisation's board - its treasurer - is Mark Henrie, senior vice-president of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), a US multi-million-dollar neo-conservative wealth fund.

The ISI, for its part, has close links and until recently shared a board member with the Heritage Foundation, the country's largest and most influential neo-conservative think-tank, whose logo has a prominent place on the website of the Fundacion Burke.

It has led MEPs and LGBT-activists to believe that American money is fuelling the anti-gay lobby in Brussels.

Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on July 13, 2012 at 1:05pm

Gay rights is EU entry criterion, Brussels says

http://euobserver.com/890/116963

Comment by Daniel W on July 13, 2012 at 9:19am

Too bad India can't handle long dead Gandhi having had an affair.  After all, the US has been "so accepting" of our Founding Fathers' sexual dalliances.  Like Thomas Jefferson's multi children via his enslaved concubine, Sally Hemmings.  And Abe Lincolns' rumored same sex love, or at least sleeping in the same bed with his manfriend.  Really, though, spending 1.3 million....  bet there are a few people who could use some of that in India.  For food.  And shelter.  And job creation.

Comment by Sandi on July 13, 2012 at 6:26am
Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 12, 2012 at 8:17pm

I so pity Kirk Cameron.  I can't imagine what it must be like going through life clinging to and constantly spreading such a crusade of negativity and generally just being a dick.  I have to wonder if he has any sense of real fulfillment in his life outside of his immediate family and his delusional relationship with the guy in sky.  Sounds depressing to me. 

Comment by Daniel W on July 11, 2012 at 7:58pm

I hope the younger Evangelicals become less bigoted than their parents.  We'll see.

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I loved this headline from queerty:  "Homophobic Has Been Kirk Camerons New Job:  NOM Mouthpiece".   His new "Scruff" look is kinda hot....   Did I just say that?

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Meanwhile, also on Queerty, and appropriate for AN/LGBTQI, a Catholic priest is gay (Imagine!) and reveals he's been married to a man for 14 years.   He essentially says that asexual priests are rare, defining that as "the gift of celibacy". 

 

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