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.

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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 Grinning Cat on June 16, 2016 at 11:33am

Yeah.

A rough analogy, as much as anything can be a suitable analogy: I don't like rap music. I even question whether it should be called "music". I simply don't listen to it.

If I were spending years of my life crusading against it, condemning listeners and artists to hellfire, protesting at concerts, trying to get it banned from the radio, from YouTube, from iTunes, that would suggest some deeper problem!

Comment by Daniel W on June 16, 2016 at 11:21am

GC that is a lot of people's suspicion about Omar Mateen as well.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 16, 2016 at 11:05am

Someone on NPR the other day was saying that the evidence is mixed as to whether many rabid homophobes are fighting their own homosexual feelings. Still, I wouldn't be surprised if Pastor Manning is actually attracted to men (and is desperately denying it to try to get right with his god).

Comment by Daniel W on June 15, 2016 at 9:57am
Manning is an infamous wacko preacher who lost his church due to financial issues. he's the guy who claimed Starbucks adds gay semen to Lattes.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_David_Manning

Using his proclamations for anything other than ridicule, is wasted effort.
Comment by Loren Miller on June 15, 2016 at 9:50am

"Sodomy is more dangerous to America than radical Islam."

What The Actual Fuck?  Dangerous like interracial marriage is, or the right to divorce or equality for women in the workplace?  Why do I get the distinct feeling that this guy is hung up on anal intercourse?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 15, 2016 at 9:41am

Comment by Daniel W on May 20, 2016 at 1:51pm
Carl, I agree with your frustration.
This, along with 1000 other reasons, is why we need to elect the Democrat presidential candidate, the Democrat senator and Congressional repressentative candidates, and democrats for local and governor offices. Republicans want to pack the SUpreme court and roll back current progress, re-legalize prior discrimination, create new discrimination, and engage in dangerous, sometimes lethal, scapegoating.

I wish the corporate media would do a better job of highlighting tea-party abuses, and really show comparisons of how states do under liberal vs. conservative legislatures and governments. Which degree of progress and prosperity, health and freedom, do most AMericans want - Albania? Or Massachusetts? Mississippi? Or Washington State?
Comment by The Flying Atheist on May 20, 2016 at 10:02am

I'm a pretty upbeat and optimistic person but sometimes I just want to give up on the future of humanity. Overly religious extremists may be a fringe part of our society by the numbers, but they sure are running the show by holding a disproportionate amount of government positions. I guess what annoys me most is that anyone in the same political party who may seemingly have moderate views votes for these measures as to not buck the party label.  Pathetic.

And at the federal level as well.  Case in point...

Lawmakers vote down LGBT rights measure

"Shouts of "Shame, shame, shame," erupted in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday as Republican lawmakers narrowly defeated legislation to protect the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of government contractors."

Good statement revisions, Joan and Grinning Cat.  You two, and the rest of you here, are the best of humanity.!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 20, 2016 at 2:06am

Grinning Cat, I love it!

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 20, 2016 at 1:05am

Bertold and Joan, those Texas Republicans would surely love this version:

"Christianity is a chosen lifestyle that is contrary to the fundamental truths that have been revealed in nature, recognized by our nation's founders, and shared by many rational people. Christianity must not be presented as an acceptable alternative lifestyle in public policy, nor should family be redefined to include couples united in Christian ceremonies. We oppose the granting of special tax exemptions or legal entitlements or creation of special status for Christian behavior, regardless of state of origin. We oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose Christianity out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values."

 

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