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LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends

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

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 11, 2017 at 6:05pm

It's always important to remember our past and to make sure it's not forgotten.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 5, 2017 at 8:13pm

One of my all-time favorite novels, Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess, opens in Malta with one of the best first sentences I've run across:

It was the afternoon of my eighty-first birthday, and I was in bed with my catamite when Ali announced that the archbishop had come to see me.

Comment by Daniel W on July 5, 2017 at 8:00pm

Conservative, Catholic,tiny Malta, to legalize gay marriage.   I always thought it would be cool to visit Malta, because it is so tiny and obscure, and in the middle of the Mediterranean

Comment by Daniel W on July 5, 2017 at 7:54pm

Interesting story in The Guardian about Mae West getting into trouble for her play about gay male sexuality in the 1920s.  "The Drag was inspired by her many gay friends. She knew their daily struggles to be open about their relationships, and to be accepted for who they were. When casting the play, she actively sought out gay actors."

Comment by Daniel W on July 2, 2017 at 12:33am

In Germany - Im surprised!  Merkel has long opposed marriage equality, and still does.  But most Germans are in favor. I guess there are still some legal hurdles but maybe it will go smoothly.  I hope so.  German persecution of LGBT people leaves a lot to forgive. Ning wanted to go there and visit my ancestral villages, but I have not expressed enthusiasm for that.  Largely because of German culture and attitudes.

Comment by Daniel W on June 30, 2017 at 8:41pm

Andrew I agree with you about distrusting the offer.  Anyway. emigrating us one thing.  Immigrating is another.  A country must accept you.  California is a state.  Can a state issue a green card?  I feel very bad for our kindred spiritds elsewhere.

This would be a truly good focus for activism.

Comment by Andrew on June 30, 2017 at 7:49pm
Sounds like new tyrannical institutions have replaced the old ones.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 30, 2017 at 12:30pm

Andrew, unfortunately I think the vast majority of the Russian population is quite intolerant toward LGBTQ's.  As a country, they haven't moved socially forward with this issue as other countries have.  When you have the influence of the ultra-conservative Russian Orthodox Church and a bigoted, tyrannical government working in tandem to shape the social views of the entire country, the general population doesn't know any better.  Media is strictly controlled and dissenting opinions are not tolerated.  Generation after generation is brainwashed to be homophobic. That's a difficult cycle to break.  It's so troubling to see this kind of systemic hatred.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 30, 2017 at 12:08pm

I also wonder how large of a role the Russian Orthodox Church has had in shaping people's attitudes there.

Comment by Andrew on June 30, 2017 at 10:09am
I'd be really afraid that I'd wind up in jail, not on a flight. I wonder if Russians are really that intolerant, or if it's just the dictatorship they live under.
 

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