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: on Thursday

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 28, 2013 at 8:20pm
I don't have words to express how angry I am about that killing. I better not say more- profanity would ensue.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2013 at 5:32pm

Now, let's keep an eye on prosecution, trial and sentence. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 28, 2013 at 5:19pm

That's a sad story, Joan.  But fast police work:

Man charged with killing gay Mississippi mayoral candidate

Reuters news article

A 22-year-old man has been charged with killing a gay black mayoral candidate in the small but violent Mississippi town of Clarksdale after his body was found near the river, authorities said on Thursday.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2013 at 4:17pm

“I came from nothing and will die with nothing but my dignity. So why not use my life for good?”

Marco McMillan, a mayoral candidate from Clarksdale, Mississippi

Openly Gay Mayoral Candidate Found Dead in Mississippi

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 26, 2013 at 1:59pm

On a different topic: Grumpy Cat makes a forceful point here!

(from the pro-equality March 4 Marriage page on Facebook)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 26, 2013 at 1:36pm

According to the Wikipedia entry about Westboro Baptist Church, in 2011 they stated they had about 40 members, mostly family.  I think it will be interesting to see what happens to this group once Fred Phelps is dead, although I know his daughter Shirley pretty much runs the show these days.  Recently, since 2011, some family members have left, perhaps giving us hope that the cracks in this organization are widening.  But will this group retain a constant membership by birth or will it dwindle to nothing eventually?   

The physical and mental abuse that reportedly happens within this family is also interesting. 

In the video below Brick Stone says to the group, "You know Fred doesn't have powers, right?  I mean, he really can't do anything to you.  I mean, I know he hits you, but he can't do anything, like special." 

The Westboro members obviously have a warped sense of logic, but I have to wonder if hearing those words causes any type of emotional and rational response or thought process that makes them second-guess or question their involvement with this organization.  The trouble is, the organization is your family, so that has got to be a tough situation to be in.  

I feel most empathy for the children who are growing up in that toxic environment.  According to Wikipedia, Shirley Phelps-Roper herself has eleven children.  Their hateful and negative lifestyle is all they know.  Are they the young, brainwashed generation who will keep this group sustained into the future?  Or will this group finally collapse at some point?  I guess only time will tell.   

Comment by Daniel W on February 26, 2013 at 11:59am

Thank Westboro Baptist Church and the Phelps's for making homophobia gross and stupid!

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 25, 2013 at 9:33pm

Some good news from the City of Chicago:

Chicago Public Schools plans to have a new sex education policy in place by 2016, the district announced Sunday.  For the first time, the district will address sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as bullying.

News article link

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 17, 2013 at 3:45pm
Ruth Anthony-Gardner, can you show me how to create a atheist meme or gay meme? How do you start the process? Is there a formula? I've looked at atheist memes and I don't see how the ones on line do what I want them to do. I am the most un-clever person in the world, but give me a formula and I can rip.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 17, 2013 at 2:48pm

That's a nice story, Daniel.  I'm sure that made your day.

 

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