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Aired Jan 21, 2021

Being Queer & Atheist

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ+ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for EqualityTM program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each month we’ll offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion.

We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, January 21. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!

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Article: Nonreligious LGBTQ youth face more discrimination than their cis, straight peers

Source: Out IN Jersey

Author: Tom Van Denburgh

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Kevin Bolling, Executive Director of the Secular Student Alliance said, “In working with students across the country, I often hear it was ‘easier to come out as LGBTQ to my parents than it was to come out as an atheist’.” In your personal and professional experience have you found that to be true?
  2. When reviewing this data about nonreligious youth in the US – was there anything that surprised you? Were there any interesting trends? What should we continue to watch?
  3. What can we do to create more inclusive spaces for nonreligious people and decrease the higher levels of stigma experienced by nonreligious LGBTQ+ youth?

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