LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends

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LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends

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

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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.

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There has been at least one case of a member of Atheist Nexus experiencing employment discrimination due to their membership. 

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Daniel W.

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Comment by Daniel W on February 3, 2017 at 2:01pm

An antigay icon in Africa has been defeated. Gambia's president President Yahya Jammeh was defeated in the recent election. Most of Africa is a hell hole for LGBT people, who demonize, ostracize, and murder us on a regular basis. This is mostly a Christian issue except in North Africa where the Muslims manage murderous bigotry. Gambia is Christian.

"On a continent where politicians regularly mine anti-gay sentiment for votes and support, Jammeh had long been in a class by himself, gay rights activists said. Over 22 years in power, he turned the tiny West African country into one of the region's most hostile environments for sexual minorities."

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"No African leader deployed anti-gay rhetoric with as much relish as Jammeh, who has denounced homosexuality as "anti-god, anti-human and anti-civilization" as well as "an evil and strange social cancer." In 2008, he said gay people had 24 hours to leave the country, vowing to "cut off the head" of any who remained, and in 2015 he warned gay men he would slit their throats."

Who knows what change will come to Gambia, with Jammeh out of the picture now. It doesn't look all that hopeful.  I hope it gets at least a little better.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 31, 2017 at 5:32pm

Great UK news, Daniel!

image source (text mine)

I'm also glad the Denier-in-Chief isn't going to persecute us as much as his ChristoFascist buddies want.

Comment by Daniel W on January 31, 2017 at 2:24pm

Holy moly! This takes me back to a seedy, smoke-filled gay dive on by the railroad tracks in Lafayette, Indiana about 1985.  It was not a good time or place, but this video makes it seem somehow nostalgic.

Reminds me a little of Hank Williams - style country, which I used to love.

Comment by Daniel W on January 31, 2017 at 2:23pm

UK pardons tens of thousands of persecuted gay men.  Posthumously.

Comment by Daniel W on January 31, 2017 at 2:07pm

I think I just got whiplash.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 31, 2017 at 8:29am

This must be pissing off a passel of religionists:

White House: Trump will enforce LGBTQ workplace protections
BY KYLE BALLUCK - 01/31/17

[The Hill]

The White House said early Tuesday that President Trump will continue to enforce an Obama-era executive order protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community in the workplace.

“President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community,” said a statement from his press secretary’s office. “President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election.”

The administration said Trump is proud to have been the first GOP presidential nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his acceptance speech, “pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression.”

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 30, 2017 at 7:13pm

Thanks for posting that, Carl. Clearly the Christo-NAZIs are on the rise. Make American straight again.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 30, 2017 at 5:41pm

If this is true, it's very troubling to say the least.

Rumored Anti-LGBT Executive Order Coming from Trump This Week

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 30, 2017 at 5:38pm

If you recall, the Indian law against gay sex was repealed in 2009 but then reinstated by the Supreme Court in 2013 after pressure from religious groups.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 30, 2017 at 4:14pm

I have to say that I'm VERY encouraged to see a public expression of LGBT support in an environment that hostile.  Damned good sign.

 

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