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 Idaho Spud on January 24, 2017 at 2:21pm

Wow!  Very interesting video.  I've never heard anything like that before.  It's a beautiful theory.  It even made me cry.

Comment by Daniel W on January 24, 2017 at 11:09am

This guy says gay offfspring helps family survival, and is an evolutionary advantage for that reason.  I've heard that theoretical concept before.  He backs it up a little more, and adds the now trendy epigenetics to the mix.  The evidence here is for gay men.  He speculates, without evidence, this would also be true for Lesbians.  Maybe it is.  For other sexual minorites, the biology and sociobiology are anybody's guess.  Without research, we won't know.

I like having some support. It's nice that once his son came out to him, he was, or became, supportive. Gay people often play the role of teaching their parents and community that we are not some sort of horrible demons.  It's a burden.  Without it, we would be in worse shape than we are.  Also too bad that in societies that murder and ostracize gay people, this means that straights reduce their own privilege by eliminating the family members most likely to help their own families thrive.  That suggests that they punish themselves and their families, by punishing their gay children.

I gave immeasurable care to my parents as they aged.  I had to lie and say the cost was minimal, and the effort wasn't much, so tthey would accept that care.  That makes it thankless, but I would do it again.

Comment by Daniel W on January 24, 2017 at 10:59am

Interesting story about president little-hands' inauguration cake, or one of them.  Supposedly it was plagiarized from one of Pres. Obama's cakes.  The real story is more complicated, and funds fopr the cake are to go to HRC for LGBT civil rights.  Plus, it's Styrofoam. 

Comment by Daniel W on January 24, 2017 at 10:57am

Wow, Carl, finally we are in fashion.  I wonder if a little of the uptick is because so many died during the worst of the AIDS years, lowering our prevalence in society.  As younger ones fill in, the proportion rises again.  Pure speculation on my part.  Of course there is less stigma in some places and more support in general, and more visibility, making being gay more acceptable and making it a little less wrenching for some to come out.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 18, 2017 at 1:13pm

Just throwing this out for your reading pleasure:

An Increasing Number of Adults in the U.S. Identify As LGBT

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 18, 2017 at 11:16am

Related to Don the Con's pick for Secretary of Education, known to be hostile to the whole idea of public schools:

What Trump Really Means When He Talks About "Government Schools" (Mother Jones)

(good discussion of framing in the service of "free-market-trumps-all" (so to speak), "I've got mine, screw you" right-wingers.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 18, 2017 at 9:18am

I would love to attend that dance party.  I so love when the trolls get trolled.  LOL

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 18, 2017 at 9:07am

[Progressive Secular Humanist]

Activists Host ‘Queer Dance Party’ Outside Mike Pence’s House

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 18, 2017 at 9:02am

Daniel, that's oranges and apples.

Comment by Daniel W on January 18, 2017 at 8:16am

BB so what you are saying is, Orange is the new Black?  :-)

 

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