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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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.

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Comment by sk8eycat on February 23, 2014 at 9:33pm

I have friends and relatives in central and northern Arizona.  I sent the link to that story to a couple (been together 40+ years) in Payson (geographical center of the state...)  This was their reply:

YES, ELAINE, IT IS FOR REAL!  The bill is on the Gov's desk and she has 5 days to veto it, sign it or leave it alone (which means it becomes law automatically).  John and I have never had one single problem here in Payson but I don't know what will happen if she does sign it into law.  Talk about prejudice! 
We have a bunch of morons in our legislature in AZ and that's giving them some credit for brains.
Allen

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My VERY long reply:

It's going to cost the taxpayers an arm and a leg, and maybe a few hips, to fight it in the courts.  Definitely unconstitutional.  D'you think the Gov. is hateful enough to sign it?  Or let it lapse into law?

This kind of nastiness makes me sick, even though it doesn't affect me personally; sort of like the first time I travelled with Holiday in the South in 1957, and saw separate waiting rooms, separate water fountains, signs by the seats in buses, and black people buying fast food burgers from kitchen doors instead of at the counters out front like everyone else.  I'd read about that kind of thing, but actually seeing it, and living with it was something else altogether.

I also still fume about what Mabel Fairbanks had to go through to become a professional skater in the 1940s and '50s....she had to put together her own shows and play places like Cuba and South America.  she also had to resort to subterfuge to get her students  admitted to the USFSA in the late 1960s (!) so they could compete....something she was never allowed to do. She trained champions, but was not inducted into the USFSA Hall of Fame till 1997.  A bit of an afterthought IMO.

This video made me cry a bit...I love Atoy, I'm glad he put this together.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-kW4bSdx2o

I often wonder which group is going to be next.  I belong to THE most hated minority in the USA...atheists.  We are now close to 20% of the population, but no politician (since Pete Stark) can get elected dog-catcher if she or he admits to being non-religious.

Oh, this pi$$es me off so much I can hardly think!  I hope Gov. Brewer develops a brain instead of her usual cerebral tentacle, and vetoes the bill. Even if she agrees with it, she must be aware of how much the fight is going to cost the state.
Felaine <snarling>

Comment by Daniel W on February 23, 2014 at 3:09pm

Considering the level of Bigotry pervading Arizona, I would boycot them.  The problem is, I have never gone there, I don't plan to, and I'm not aware of buying anything from there.  Not much left to boycot.  Kind of like Alabama, same thing.

Comment by Daniel W on February 23, 2014 at 1:56pm

Patricia,

Arizona has long endeavored to be "The Alabama of the Southwest". I don't know why. Well, yes I do. Arizona is one of the major "White flight" states, as reactionary white people left California and other states in reaction to the presence of more people of color.

I know a fair number of "snowbirds" - retirees who migrate to Arizona in the winter, and back to the Northwest in the summer. Some of them, you can't even chit chat with, without their bigotry coming to the front. "How was the winter there this year?" "The sunshine was great. But too many Mexicans."

I didn't to research on statistic there. I don't feel like becoming worked up and upset. My impression is, recent anti-immigrant (more accurately, "Anti-Mexican", since they won't pull people over for looking Canadian) laws have resulted in people of Mexican heritage leaving the state. Alabama, too. When I am in a better mood I might check on that. Might not.

Comment by Daniel W on February 18, 2014 at 9:35am

More on Virginia.  It makes me want to cry.

 

 

Comment by Daniel W on February 18, 2014 at 9:30am

I never thought in my lifetime there would be so much change.  Never imagined.  Being gay, I never expected acceptance, equality.  The purveyors of misery would not allow it!  

I shake my head and think, wake me up!  It's too much!

 

You cant go through life without knowing there is a pendulum.  For every yin, a yang.  I don't believe in metaphysical forces that call for balance - our success does not create misery in Africa, Arab nations, Russia.  But I keep thinking, the next election cycle....  what will happen?

 

Ultimately it will go to the Supreme Court again.  I hope Ginsberg is taking her vitamins.

Just amazed.  Amazed.

 

 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 11, 2014 at 7:41pm

It has been my experience and observation that it takes generations for any kind of prejudice to die out; it's passed down in families, churches, and even public schools. It was over 100 years after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation before the Civil Rights legislation was passed, and even that didn't change people's attitudes.

Look at the way the Boy Scouts still discriminates against LGBT and atheist children; how does that affect the youngsters who are members today?  (I have no idea how many African-American Boy Scouts there are now, but I suspect it's a small percentage... smaller than the percent of African Americans in the entire population, I suppose.)

Hell, look how long it took for women to be allowed to vote in the USA, and what some of the suffragettes had to go through to get lawmakers to realize they were serious.  And how many decades after that before women were (somewhat) accepted in the workplace doing the same jobs as men.  I think it took the absence of skilled men during WW2 to turn things around, and when the men came home they wanted women off the assembly lines, out of the offices, and back in the kitchen.  Many women refused to go. 

But the ERA was never passed, women are still making less than men who do the same work, and women are still not promoted as often as men are to managerial positions.

The sad fact is that it's the mindless beer-drinking, FAUX Noose-watching couch potatoes who make the difference, and there are way too many of them.  May they all die childless.

Comment by Chrissie Farthing on February 11, 2014 at 5:00pm

I have seen this sort of ignorance in Africa, The Middle and Far East and to a lesser extent in Europe.  Here in the States we should not get too comfortable, a lot of the Police here are just as bad especially with the Ts. If you are a member of the LGBT community you have probably experienced it first hand. The US Government gives a lot of lip service but when it comes down to real action of-times they look the other way.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 11, 2014 at 4:37pm

Unfortunately, I believe it will take generations for this kind of hate to subside in Russia, especially since it's government endorsed.  The LGBTQI community there has a long, rough road ahead of them.  I can't imagine living in that type of environment. 

Comment by Chrissie Farthing on February 9, 2014 at 7:10pm

Thanks Fallen Angel, another group of very interesting and informative documentaries, thanks again.

Comment by Fallen Angel on February 9, 2014 at 1:19pm
 

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