“LGBTQrstuv: Bisexuality & Transgender” by John Corvino

John Corvino uses his philosophical precision, humor, geniality, and teacher’s clarity to explain bisexuality and other gender identities and sexual orientations that don’t fit in the simple box of cisgendered heterosexuality: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

My Systematic, Naturalistic Empowerment Ethics, With Applications to Tyrants, the Differently Abled, and LGBT People

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If you only ever read one thing I write about ethics. Let it be this.

This is a long, comprehensive, systematic defense of a naturalistic atheistic ethics, grounded in an attempt to be rationally coherent, consistent, and developed based on objective, factual premises that should not be very controversial in themselves.

This post also features an explanation of how we can say ethics is rooted in nature without coming to anti-LGBT conclusions that Catholics claim “natural law” would dictate. It also includes an explanation about how we can talk about power as a good thing (contra-Christian messaging) without endorsing abuses of power. And it has an explanation of how we can talk aspirationally about an ethics of maximizing human greatness without being ableists who throw the “disabled” under the bus in the process.

This is one of the longest posts of my original writing I have ever put up. I think it’s worth it though. It unites what could have been 8 separate posts together for the sake of putting my arguments about crucial applied topics in a relatively full context. [Read more...]

From Quiverful Courtship To Lesbian Couple

A few months ago Libby Anne started telling me the extraordinary story of how her friend Melissa, who writes the blog “Permission to Live”, went from growing up in the Christian patriarchy quiverful movement to marrying via the bizarre retro-regressive courtship process delineated by that cultish movement, to discovering that her spouse (who was by this [Read More...]

On Caring For Our Transsexual Friends

Here’s an article with helpful reminders about the dangers of outing transsexual men and women without their consent and the misleading linguistic pitfalls by which people commonly, either wittingly or unwittingly, perpetuate misconceptions about them. For those unfamiliar with the discourse related to trans issues, by “cis” she is referring to non-trans people: So here’s [Read More...]

“The Closet Game!”

ZJ responds to Steve King’s oblivious and cruel suggestion to the effect that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act would not be necessary if only gays, lesbians and the transgendered would stay in the closet: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Sex Change In Iran

Strangely, in a country with a government that outlaws homosexuality, transsexuals are allowed to change their sex.  A documentary on the subject: Thanks to The Daily Dish. [Read more...]

Swedish Couple Raises Child Without Gender

They won’t tell anyone the sex of the kid, here are their reasons: “We want Pop to grow up more freely and avoid being forced into a specific gender mold from the outset,” said the child’s mother, “Nora.” (The paper used fake names for the entire family to protect their privacy.) “It’s cruel to bring [Read More...]


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