Which is the worse: coming out as gay or coming out as an atheist?

There was an interesting piece in the US paper the Examiner a few days ago on this very subject – and the writer reckons it’s often harder to come out as atheist.

She relates an old joke:

If you’re afraid to tell your parents that you’re an atheist, just tell them you’re gay and after they are done flipping out say, “Don’t worry, I’m not gay, I’m only an atheist.” The interesting thing is that coming out atheist can be much harder than coming out gay.

That’s in the States, of course, where religion plays a bigger part in people’s lives. Here in the UK, where I and my other blog, Pink Triangle, are based, it’s probably seen as cool to be an atheist. Certainly, I never encounter any antipathy on the few occasions I’m in a conversation with someone and say I’m a nonbeliever. Often, the other person is, too.

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Comment by Jim DePaulo on July 5, 2009 at 3:04pm
Reminds me of another joke.
What is more difficult in our society - being gay or being black. It's more difficult if one is gay because you don't have to tell your parents that you are black.

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