“Coming out as an atheist can cost an academic his or her job in some parts of America, and many choose to keep quiet about their atheism.” -- Richard Dawkins
Substitute lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender for atheist and Dawkins’ quote is no less true. Indeed, for atheists and humanists who identify as LGBTQ and their families, the coming-out experience can seem doubly alienating; there can be little question that those who do not believe can feel left out of the traditional discourse. Luckily, there is a plethora of resources available for LGBTQ individuals, their friends, and families that comes from an atheist or humanist perspective.
GALAH-LA: Gay & Lesbian Atheists & Humanists - Los Angeles promotes a secular and just society by offering monthly discussions and social outings that encompass community social-political-economic concerns and members' personal experiences. The group is affiliated with the Center for Inquiry Los Angeles.
GALHA: For three decades, GALHA LGBT Humanists (formerly the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Alliance) has advocated for full LGBT equality, as well as the ability to live according to humanist values that do not accord special privileges to theistic worldviews. It sees logic, reason and compassion as the wellspring for ethics. It has been the LGBT section of the British Humanist Association since 2012.
LGBTQ Humanist Council: The LGBTQ Humanist Council is a grassroots network that leverages local affiliates to drive policy change and build a safe, welcoming, and affirming community at the national level. It seeks to advance full social and civil equality for LGBTQ people within the framework of humanist philosophy and ethics.
Sunday Assembly: With the motto "Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More" and billed as "a secular congregation that celebrates life," the Sunday Assembly was founded by comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans. For those who want an atmosphere of fellowship without the supernatural trappings, the Sunday Assembly is a welcome alternative. Explicitly welcoming to all, they have 68 affiliates in eight countries.