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HAT Forum: Humanism and the LGBT Community

  • The 519 Community Centre, Room 304 519, Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)

Proposed by: Paul Kaplan

Background
“Every person has a right to equal treatment with respect to services, goods and facilities, without discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status,family status or disability.”
Ontario Human Rights Code

Gender and Sexual Identities
1) What is meant by sexual orientation? Straight, Gay, Bisexual
2) What is meant by gender identity? Cisgender, Transgender
3) What is meant by gender expression?
4) What are other gender and sexual identities? Gender Fluid, Pansexual,
Asexual

Some of the Challenges that LGBT Face People Today
1) In many countries, LGBT people face imprisonment and death
2) Transgender people faces challenges in receiving medical care and in the usage of public restrooms
3) Even in Canada, the gender identity of transgender people are not always recognized, hence the issue of pronouns
4) LGBT people still face stereotypes
5) We still have the prohibition against sexually active gay men donating blood

Discussion Questions
1) What humanist principles and values should govern our relationship with the LGBT community?
2) Do you think humanism should be appealing the LGBT people?
3) Do you think that there should more effort to bring humanism into the LGBT community?
4) As humanists, what should our response be to the challenges that LGBT face today, both here and abroad?
5) Have you ever witnessed LGBT people being harassed?
6) Do you have personal experiences with LGBT people?
7) Has anyone ever come out to you? If so, how did you respond?
8) Have you discussed humanism with any LGBT people?
9) Should humanists have a presence at LGBT events (Trans Day of Remembrance, tomorrow at 4PM at the 519; PRIDE month)?