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: Nov 16

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 August 16, 2015 at 9:01am
Loren, thanks for posting the Ohio decision. Progress is happening.
Comment by Loren Miller on August 11, 2015 at 11:37am

And while I'm at it, here's the Daily Kos story that sourced from.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 11, 2015 at 11:35am

I would think that disqualification for a given situation under the stipulated circumstances would NOT look especially good on a justice's resume.  Exactly what the review process for Ohio justices is (presuming there is any), I don't know, but flense scar tissue enough times and the patient won't like it much!

Comment by Pat on August 11, 2015 at 11:30am

Glad to see that ruling by the Ohio Sup. Ct. Only thing is, I don't think they go far enough. If a judge is going to decline to perform one of the duties of the office based on his/her religious beliefs, then that person no longer needs to be a judge. Bias and prejudice have no place in the judiciary. Too bad Scalia and Thomas don't understand that.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 11, 2015 at 11:24am

The following just came down as a ruling by the Ohio State Supreme Court.  You can click on the image below to enlarge it:

Comment by Daniel W on August 8, 2015 at 8:13pm

Carl, thank you so much for posting some positive uplifting stories!

Here is one more - in Uganda, which is a profoundly homophobic country, these courageous people had their celebration anyway.  They had to be careful, but it was outdoors and open.  In addition, a Uganda presidential candidate has spoken out against homophobia.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 8, 2015 at 7:21pm

Hey, folks, here's an article profiling several trans youth.  Each profile has an accompanying video. 

Watch these videos!!  These kids are awesome!! 

I'd have to say the same thing about their parents, as well.  

Trans Teens Are Sharing Their Inspiring Personal Stories In Hopes O...

This is part of a media campaign from the Transgender Law Center.

I'm very happy with the progress gays and lesbians have achieved but, sadly, our trans brothers and sisters have been left behind.  Too often they are left out of the LGBTQI conversation.  We need to support and defend them much more than we have. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 31, 2015 at 11:59am

Thanks Joan and Cat. Yes, the Episcopalians also had the good sense to dump the Pope!

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 31, 2015 at 8:40am

Congratulations to you and your husband, Bertold!

(And if you do go to confession, you can tell the priest they'll have to adapt to reality. :-) I know a gay man who "fired" the Catholic Church for considering him "intrinsically disordered"; he's still a theist, but happily Episcopalian -- as Robin Williams put it, "all of the pageantry, none of the guilt.")

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2015 at 9:42pm

Bertold, Congratulations! You are part of the new changes and a tribute to you both. My best wishes for a healthy, strong, happy 35 more years. 

 

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