Gay Without God

There’s a new godless online community and it’s focused on serving the needs of LGBTQ atheists. As Gay Without God founder Blake Gallagher puts it, it’s “a place generally for gay atheists to rally together and bond over a shared vision of the world: namely one comprised of a society that is secular, rational, and rooted in a science-based view of the world.”

The site offers discussion forums as well as blog posts dealing with life issues, science, religion, and politics. Here’s a sampling of recent posts:

Blake adds:

The issue we’re connecting over (and quite frankly enraged by) is the trend you see with religion throughout history and still today as being a roadblock to progress. Over and over it takes so much energy to persuade religion as a whole to challenge its interpretations of ancient text and think rationally about the current reality in the context of modern society. Sure, its interpretations are always changing in the direction of progress, but it’s not because they’re leading the charge. They are always several steps behind, and it’s only because we have to drag them along with us that they ever move forward.

[I]t may be hard to connect to this idea of a bunch of gay atheists grouping together from the comfort of the Pacific Northwest, but in the South, and in other countries around the world, the religious are not at all kind to gays, and in particular gay youth. How many children are kicked out of their homes every day — in this country — because their parents side with God rather than rational thought? This is what we’re here to fight. And we really would love you to join us.”

And we should join them. Check them out on Twitter, Facebook, or on their website.

About Ericka M. Johnson

As a lover of science and reason, Ericka M. Johnson has an affinity for evolutionary biology and is the president of Seattle Atheists. She revels in any opportunity for a thoughtful debate on the meaning of life, the universe, and everything (especially over a pint.) Follow her on twitter @ErickaMJohnson

  • Persephone

    Are lesbians welcome, or is this a men-only atheist space? I ask because there’s a shortage of atheist spaces for men.

  • Kaleb Hunniton

    Lesbians are more than welcome, although you’ll find that the community currently tends to be male dominated. This is not by design, but rather a result of the founders being themselves gay males and bringing with them a gay male vibe. We’d love to have the help of our female counterparts in making the community feel welcoming to the entire LGBTQ community.

  • Persephone

    Thank you. I’ll give it a try.

  • chicago dyke

    the traffic seems a little slow…

  • Persephone

    Perhaps publicity on a high-profile atheist blog might help.

  • ErickaMJohnson

    They just started up to site and are still pretty new.

  • Pawel Samson

    Maybe it would seem more welcoming to lesbians if you didn’t stick a big photo of a shirtless guy’s chest on the main page for no reason.

  • Persephone

    You noticed that too, eh?

  • mon

    Yes, a nice set of breasts in addition would be good.

    (Please don’t hurt me.)

  • Persephone

    And just like that, there’s a new image on the site’s main page. That was quick!

  • ErickaMJohnson

    Looks like they’re paying attention to input. Glad to see it.

  • sam

    I like their science section.