LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends


LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends

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

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Comment by Plinius on July 30, 2017 at 3:33am

Thanks for posting, Carl, I like it!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2017 at 2:23am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 30, 2017 at 2:23am

Joan, thanks for posting the Al Jazeera voting rights timeline.  Very interesting!  I didn't know there were so many nuanced changes back and forth through the years.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 28, 2017 at 11:44pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 28, 2017 at 11:42pm

Who got the right to vote when? A history of voting rights in America.

Who are citizens? In the early days, only whilte, male, Protestant, land owning people were citizens. 
1868 Former slaves granted citizenship
1876 Indigenous people cannot vote
1882 Asians cannnot be citizens
1887 Grants citizenship to Native Americans who give up their tribal affiliations.
1920 Right to vote extended to women
1947 Legal barriers to Native American voting removed
1952 People with Asian ancestry can vote
1961 Citizens of Washington, DC can vote
1963 Voting rights as civil rights
1964 No tax required to vote
1965 Voting Rights Act passed
1971 Voting age lowered to 18
2013 Part of Voting Rights Act struck down

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 27, 2017 at 2:38pm

If I recall correctly, recent polling shows that a majority supports protections for LGBTQ persons.  Honestly, I think Donald tRump couldn't care one way or the other .  The problem with him is that the evangelical fundamentalists have a constant message pipeline to his ear and he's being highly influenced by their lies.  His recent Twitter statement about transgender people in the military smacks of their anti-gay talking points.  And of course having Jeff Sessions and Mike Pence cheering him on adds to the destruction of our rights.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 27, 2017 at 11:05am

Justice Dept. Weighs In Against Protections for Gays in the Workplace


The Department of Justice has filed court papers arguing that a major federal civil rights law does not protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation in a case now being considered by a New York appeals court.

The department’s decision to file a brief in the case was a rare example of top officials in Washington weighing in on gay rights in what is an important but essentially private dispute between a worker and his boss. Civil rights advocates criticized the filing not only for its arguments, but also for having been made on the same day that President Trump announced on Twitter that transgender people would be banned from serving in the military.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 25, 2017 at 5:01pm

There's an excellent book on this, Galileo's Middle Finger by Alice Dreger. Amazon's blurb:

An impassioned defense of intellectual freedom and a clarion call to intellectual responsibility, Galileo’s Middle Finger is one American’s eye-opening story of life in the trenches of scientific controversy. For two decades, historian Alice Dreger has led a life of extraordinary engagement, combining activist service to victims of unethical medical research with defense of scientists whose work has outraged identity politics activists. With spirit and wit, Dreger offers in Galileo’s Middle Finger an unforgettable vision of the importance of rigorous truth seeking in today’s America, where both the free press and free scholarly inquiry struggle under dire economic and political threats. This illuminating chronicle begins with Dreger’s own research into the treatment of people born intersex (once called hermaphrodites). Realization of the shocking surgical and ethical abuses conducted in the name of “normalizing” intersex children’s gender identities moved Dreger to become an internationally recognized patient rights activist. But even as the intersex rights movement succeeded, Dreger began to realize how some fellow progressive activists were employing lies and personal attacks to silence scientists whose data revealed uncomfortable truths about humans. In researching one such case, Dreger suddenly became the target of just these kinds of attacks. Troubled, she decided to try to understand more—to travel the country to ferret out the truth behind various controversies, to obtain a global view of the nature and costs of these battles. Galileo’s Middle Finger describes Dreger’s long and harrowing journeys between the two camps for which she felt equal empathy: social justice activists determined to win and researchers determined to put hard truths before comfort. Ultimately what emerges is a lesson about the intertwining of justice and of truth—and a lesson of the importance of responsible scholars and journalists to our fragile democracy.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 25, 2017 at 4:06pm

Daniel, one of the big problems with people is that they think in such binary, black and white terms.  People are lazy thinkers, and when a subject falls outside their preconceived parameters, they shut down and dismiss it.  This is why these types of complex issues fester for so long without due recognition and discussion.  People don't like thinking outside their comfort zone.  In the meantime, the affected group needlessly suffers.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 25, 2017 at 3:06pm

Daniel, thanks for the comments. I had no idea 1.7% of people were born intersexed.


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