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 April 19, 2012 at 9:32am

Here's a trailer I ran across, from 2010. I'm involved in the care of many elderly folks - many in their 80s and 90s, one is 100 and several are close to 100. I don't know a single one who identifies as LGBT. I know a few LGBT folks in their 60s and 70s. The trailer points out that LGBT people often don't have families who care for them, but some do. The truth is, many straight people don't either. Churches and church-based nursing homes are sources of comfort and community. I walked a fine line in my mother's nursing home, which was religious based. I could not transport her the 2000 miles to my house, and she refused when younger and more able. So I tolerated the Jesus portraits and chapel and chaplains' parasitism. My nightmare: being prayed over, being forced to eat meat, having religion forced on me. I've been an understanding, secure, and supportive partner to my partner - I hope he doesn't dump me when I'm old. Sometimes I think about when I'm old, I'll my house into an LGBT foster home for the elderly. It's a long way away, and no one likes to think about aging - neither straight or LGBT people - but it's pat of life. For those who are already there, they deserve better.

Comment by annet on April 18, 2012 at 9:55pm

Comment by Richard Healy on April 16, 2012 at 4:49pm

Comment by Richard Healy on April 16, 2012 at 2:56pm

Comment by Daniel W on April 15, 2012 at 9:44pm

AnneT thank you for the link.  It's moving to see the human faces of the people affected by the inhumane ballot measure, where people will be voting for or, I expect more likely against, human rights, in North Carolina.

Comment by Richard Healy on April 15, 2012 at 7:13pm
"Well, some people like being pissed on."

I've met one.

That was one weird-ass night I'd not care to repeat in a hurry....
Comment by annet on April 15, 2012 at 6:59pm

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The hope of the COMMITMENT | NC documentary project is that by discovering the stories and struggles of same-sex couples and others with real love and commitment to each other, North Carolinians will in turn vote to commit our state to protecting equal rights for all under the law, which is the function of all constitutions.

http://www.commitmentnc.org/index.php?/projects/committed/

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Comment by Tony Carroll on April 15, 2012 at 10:37am

Will check it out. One final thing I learned about most of them,(our ancestors), the ones with a codified pantheon of dieties, is that they were all considered, to one extent or another, a reflection, an avatar, a manifestation of the primary god/goddess. Kinda like a roundabout form of monotheism. One primary, with many subsequent "flavors", depending on your needs at the time. And since all were a projection of the human psyche, all forms of life needed its own avatar. Very interesting. Stuff like this really helps one understand humanity at large. Guess that's why it always fascinated me. Anyhoo, be well, my friend. Until later, peace.

Comment by Daniel W on April 15, 2012 at 10:09am

Tony, here's a link to wikipedia, the source of all knowledge :-) on LGBT deities and semideities.  I regard these legends as similar to sci fi but with historic meaning because people either believed the stories or enjoyed telling them in the past.  They are fun to read.

 

Aztec god "Xochipilli was the god of art, games, beauty, dance, flowers, maize, and song... also the patron of homosexuals and homosexual prostitutes... complex set of associations including the role of entertainer, the love of exotic foods and perfumes, male gender variance, and same-sex eroticism" - sort of the Liberace of the Aztec pantheon. (Anyone who doesn't know who Liberace was can google on him).

Comment by Daniel W on April 15, 2012 at 9:33am

Dallas, sometimes I'm left speechless.  Just speechless.

On another note, Sweden continues to move toward gender neutrality, replacing "boys and girls" with "buddies" in school, and replacing the he/she pronoun (in Swedish the gender neutral pronoun is "hen").  I may be in the minority, but my own preference is toward embracing gender.   However, at least acceptance of the new pronoun gives a sense of choice about expression.

 

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