LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends

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LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends

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

Members: 17
Latest Activity: 8 hours ago

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, 2017 at 8:44pm

Wow guys, I free-associated a little too much on the topic of glitter ashes, and your comments, before I looked it up.  Somehow my instant thought was, those were cremated remains of gay people, mixed with glitter.  I am so glad that's not what it was. 

However, seeing what the glitter ashes really are, I'm relieved they are just weird rather than profoundly disturbing.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 28, 2017 at 7:03pm

Carl - Yes, sometimes it seems true that the love that dare not speak its name has become the love that won't shut up.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 28, 2017 at 6:54pm
Comment by Plinius on February 26, 2017 at 5:38am

It will work now, I think.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 22, 2017 at 2:20pm

Same Sex Marriage Legalization May Have Cut Teen Suicide Attempts

[Fortune]

Comment by Plinius on February 16, 2017 at 2:32pm

http://atheistnexus.org/profiles/blogs/trans

Just added a coming out story, I think a happy one.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 14, 2017 at 11:04pm

No surprise there, Ruth, about Jeff Sessions.  Such a deplorable man.  

A few weeks ago, something prompted me to watch a "coming out" video on YouTube (of which there are many.)  That led me to spending the past few weeks perusing the coming out stories of many others.  Some are sad, many have happy endings, some are funny, and some will make your heart ache with pain and bring you to tears.  

It's that last category which is riddled of stories involving hate speech, bullying, disownment, suicide attempts, being told you are less than human, and that your existence doesn't matter.

To have someone like Jeff Sessions as head of the bully pulpit of justice and equality is such an anathema to the concept humanity itself.  His presence does real and true damage to individuals who are now facing the same horrid situations as those in so many coming out videos.  

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 14, 2017 at 8:57pm
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 14, 2017 at 8:08pm

Thanks for the news about Gambia, Daniel. On the home front things reversed fast.

A few weeks ago: President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community.”

Now under Jeff Sessions,

The DOJ announced last week they will no longer challenge the infamous “bathroom bills” blocking transgender students from using the facilities that align with their gender identity.

Slap upside the head for the LGBT community!

Comment by Daniel W on February 3, 2017 at 2:33pm

In England, new HIV infection rates have dripped by about 1/3 since 2015.  Was it a new government health initiative?  No.  It's not certain, but according to NewScientist "One explanation is that the drop is down to people taking medicines that slash their chances of catching HIV, known as pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP.

But these drugs aren’t available on the NHS and generally cost around £400 a month if prescribed privately. So growing numbers of gay men are buying generic versions from online pharmacies in India and elsewhere."   Or it could be other factors, such as better treatment of existing cases and new infections, reducing infectiousness.

Doctors don't like it when patients take matters into their own hands and self prescribe / import their meds, but they don't leave a lot of choices.  Overbearing heath departments don't seem that successful with contact tracing among the stigmatized community (done here, I don't know about UK), and the cost is too high when bought legally.  It's really unfortunate that the government and pharmaceutical companies place a proven preventive medication out of reach, but really great that those who need the medication defy the system and get them anyway.

 

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