About Us

 

Our Mission

The LGBTQ Humanist Alliance seeks to cultivate safe and affirming communities, promote humanist values, and achieve full equality and social liberation of LGBTQ persons.

We pursue our mission by working together at the national level to build a thriving network of LGBTQ humanists and partners devoted to compassionate activism. Through grassroots activism, we work to raise awareness, advance social progress of queer communities, and build relationships with other corresponding and allied communities.

Our history

In 2009, the LGBT Humanist Council formed as a project of the American Humanist Association in partnership with the Gay and Lesbian Atheists and Humanists (GALAH). We got our start when local leaders gathered at the World Humanist Congress in Washington, DC on June 5, 2009 to discuss how the humanist community could reach out to the LGBT community and recognize the growing umber of LGBT humanist. Our first priorities nearly 10 years ago were to provide LGBTQ humanists across the country with a forum to exchange ideas on local organizing, find support in coming out as an LGBT and a humanist, and to speak out with one voice on issues of concern to the LGBT humanist community. In this capacity, we organized on same-sex marriage, equal benefits for same-sex partners in the State Department, as well as protested the anti-gay papal agenda and the Boy Scouts’ discriminatory policies against gays and atheists.

Although our name has changed, our alliance continues to fight for the rights of LGBTQ humanists and nontheists. We recognize that we should celebrate our wins in marriage equality, but we also understand that the fight for marriage equality asks members of our community to participate in a potentially harmful assimilation that stretches the marginalization gap.  There are numerous LGBTQ rights issues that demand attention in our ever-changing political climate. This includes social issues that disproportionately impact queer communities like health care deprivations, homelessness, and violence targeting queer and trans people. The LGBTQ Humanist Alliance is dedicated to realizing a more inclusive humanism that confronts these issues head on through education and advocacy.

Our Leadership Council

The LGBTQ Humanist Alliance is directed by an all-volunteer leadership council.

Diane Burkholder, chair

Diane is a social advocate for misrepresented and marginalized communities, particularly focused on issues concerning young adults, LGBTQ, people of color, and individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. She is co-founder of Kansas City Freethinkers of Color and a co-founder of One Struggle KC, a coalition of Kansas City activists seeking to connect the struggles of oppressed Black communities, locally and globally.

Tris Mamone

Tris is a bisexual genderqueer humanist blogger who writes about the intersections of social justice and secular humanism at Bi Any Means. They also contribute to Queereka and host the Bi Any Means Podcast.

Andy Semler

Andy is a genderqueer humanist activist and organizer for the Warsaw [Indiana] LGBT and Supporters Community. Their ongoing project Our Stories, Our History: Gay & Trans Experiences in Kosciusko County aims to connect the people of rural Indiana with oftentimes overlooked narratives. They share their personal thoughts at Nerd is my Gender.

Taylor Malone

Taylor is a non-binary trans person who grew up in a conservative, religious family in Mississippi. They now live in Seattle where they work and volunteer for non-profits that focus on supporting youth, protecting reproductive justice, and providing support for LGBTQ individuals.

Noelle George

Noelle is a queer secular humanist activist and the executive director of Foundation Beyond Belief. In addition to her work at FBB, Noelle is the founder of Mothers Beyond Belief and is on the advisory board of Secular Woman.