How can we extend our support? We can start by recognizing that gay rights, much like atheist equality, is a Civil Rights issue. The religious idiocy against which we rally fuels intolerance of the gay community just like it does in the case of atheists. Advancing the cause of gay rights represents both the protection of Civil Rights and the erosion of religiously-based bias.
In addition, we can provide GLBT individuals with a safe haven in the sense that we can provide a nonjudgmental ear and support for what they are going through. We atheists are particularly well qualified to understand what it is like to be hated by a large segment of the population. Our experience should allow us to connect easily and convey effective empathy. We can provide the sort of reception we would like for our own coming out process.
I'd also like to applaud the state of Connecticut. Their Supreme Court just legalized gay marriage.
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