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: yesterday

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 January 30, 2017 at 3:42pm

Carl, wow that's quite a march.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 30, 2017 at 1:14pm

Some nice video footage of a gay pride parade in Mumbai, India, where gay sex is illegal.  (From Towleroad.)

Comment by Daniel W on January 30, 2017 at 12:50pm

BB, looks like we are heading back a generation on some issues.  I don't know if they can reverse the Obergefell but you can bet they'll try.

NYTimes article about gangs in Australia that murdered gay men as sport, and got away with it, back in the 80s and 90s.  Police didn't help.  88 deaths are now being reviewed, with 30 currently unsolved.

When I lived in Indiana, there were rumors of disappearances and murders.  Herb Baumeister was a suburban Indianapolis man who murdered somewhere between 11 and 16 men and boys during that era.  I don't know if his victims were gay, however. Police at the time were more interested in entrapping gay men and giving their names to the newspapers to be published.   The Indiana antigay and highly religious atmosphere was a big factor in me leaving the midwest, I hated life there.  On the other hand, if every progressive leaves, that leads to a more regressive atmosphere for those left behind.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 29, 2017 at 11:17am

Meet Anti-LGBTQ Extremism’s Insidious New Leader
Blog ››› January 25, 2017 4:56 PM EST ››› RACHEL PERCELAY

[Media Matters]

The extremist Christian legal giant Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) -- known for spearheading the anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ fight in state legislatures, nationally, and abroad -- just named a new president. Here’s what you need to know about ADF’s new leader, Michael Farris -- an experienced fearmongerer and fundamentalist lawyer who will lead the group's assault on LGBTQ rights.

. . . Fearmongering was an integral part of HSLDA’s success in cultivating an active and involved membership base. Under Farris’ leadership, ADF will likely ramp up its campaign to convince supporters that any gains in LGBTQ equality will lead to widespread persecution of Christians or an influx of “bathroom predators.”

Fitting with ADF’s vision of an American legal system rooted in 3rd century Christian theology, Farris has long advocated for a cultural change to shape American politics towards the far religious right. Farris also founded another organization, Generation Joshua, a 7,500 member organization that seeks to train teens to be the “next generation of Christian leaders and citizens.” While ADF already has a vast domestic and international training program to recruit lawyers and law students to provide pro-bono hours for anti-LGBTQ legal work, Farris’ work with K-12 and undergraduate students could lay the groundwork for ADF expanding its training to younger ages.

Comment by Daniel W on January 27, 2017 at 2:43pm

Kind of a nice story about a cute gay Iraqi couple who overcame adversity and are now married and living in Seattle.  It's a reminder of how relatively good we have it here in the West and the US, compared to so many other places.

Comment by Daniel W on January 27, 2017 at 2:02pm

via gaytimes "Nell Bryden...  teamed up with Welsh filmmaker Rhys Davies for the music video, which was inspired by a feature about a gay couple desperate for marriage equality before one of them suffered the full effects of Alzheimer’s disease."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 24, 2017 at 9:54pm

I don't know if I've posted this before, but Daniel's video on intersex people reminded me that I had this video saved to my favorites on YouTube.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 24, 2017 at 9:44pm

That's a very interesting video on homosexuality.  There's definately much to ponder and more to discover about this topic.  

As much as I enjoy hearing that I may be more intelligent and a specially important aspect of our society, I'm rather apprehensive to fully embrace this theory.  At least right now.  

While watching the video, I had a feeling in the back of my head that a few of his conclusions were premature or possibly a bit farfetched.  I think any person, gay or straight, can be the "glue" that holds together a family or community.  Any person, gay or straight, can be a driving empathic force.  I think empathy can be learned and obtained by anybody through social interaction and education.

I'm open to discussion.  What say you?  

Comment by Daniel W on January 24, 2017 at 8:48pm

Loren, I thought the video was interesting too.  The more we learn, the more we know.

I've always thought that Intersex people got a bad deal out of LGBT activism, almost always leaving out the "I".  And yet, if anyone has a claim to the idea that gender and sex are not chosen traits, and the world isn't just binary, it's intersex people.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 24, 2017 at 6:36pm

Daniel, that video was a genuine mind-bender, and it may have provided a couple data points on just how I got to be where I am on the sexual spectrum.

Molte grazie, bro.

 

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