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Humanists Who Identify as LGBTQ


Humanism is a philosophical belief system that places man at the centre of the functioning of the world and our society, believing that our environment and our outcomes are all determined by the behaviour of humans, who in turn are encouraged to attempt to achieve the greater good. Humanists reject any notion of spiritual or supernatural determination and their attendant dogmatic or superstitious beliefs. Rather, they use science and its fact-based determining system as the basis for analyzing cause and effect, whereas art acts as an inspiration for achievement. As such, humanism encourages benevolence towards one's fellow humans to advance society and improve the social and economic conditions of everyone.

he concept of humanism goes back many generations and has its roots in multiple regions, including Greece, India, China, and the Islamic countries.

One can readily see the linkages between humanism and the LGBTQ community with its range of diversities. It advocates participatory democracy, standing for human rights and social justice. However, one can readily see the tensions that arise between humanists and traditional religious beliefs, based as they are on beliefs that lie outside our living environment. As a result, humanists have often been persecuted and outlawed.

Humanists are committed advocates for LGBTQ equality and have been active supporters of marriage equality, transgender rights, employment equity, and so on. The LGBTQ Humanist Alliance seeks to cultivate safe and affirming communities, promote humanist values, and achieve full equality and social liberation of LGBTQ persons. The tenets of today's queer theory align within the humanistic paradigm.

Historically, this group included the early Greek philosophers, Alexander the Great, and the Roman Emperor Hadrian. During the Renaissance period, humanism was particularly popular in the Italian states and included the greatest painter of all time Buonarroti Michelangelo. Today, it's prominent members include the politician Boris van der Ham and the Harvard/Yale academic Chris Stedman.

The action of Philanthropy is considered to be primarily based in the humanist belief system.

We have identified a number of LGBTQ individuals who are prominent humanists from Chile, France, Great Britain, Italy, Rome, Scotland, The Netherlands, and the United Staes. To read more and see the complete list, click HERE

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The goal of QueerBio.com is to be the definitive online biographical reference source for the international LGBTQ community. Its database lists over 16,000 contemporary and historical figures who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, two-spirit, or gender fluid (LGBTQ) and includes artists, sports figures, politicians, entertainers, business leaders, academics, activists, and more. The database is widely international in scope and is an ideal source for research and analysis with full search and sort functionality.

The mission is to inspire, educate, and motivate all generations of LGBTQ individuals and others through a collective knowledge of this international community.

Managing Editors: Mark S. Bonham, Connie Bonello, Gordon Dunbar

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To search for an individual from the database of over 16,000 biographies, simply type the name in the Search Box located in the top right hand corner of this Home Page and click on GO. Similarly, you can search for a common characteristic such as Country, City, Nobel Prize winners, writers, and so on.

Alternatively, you can view and scroll through the entire list of biographies by viewing the All Biographies section.

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Announcing Our New Documentary Project - Being Different: 101 Global LGBTQ Individuals Who Changed the World


Despite adversity and discrimination, LGBTQ individuals have excelled throughout history. Yet historians and academics have conveniently participated in the heterosexist erasure of these LGBTQ contributions by omitting the LGBTQ status of prominent historical figures from academic and historical documents. Accordingly, there are relatively few comprehensive projects which document and showcase the influence of these LGBTQ efforts.

Being Different: 101 Global LGBTQ Individuals Who Changed The World will be an original documentary outlining the contributions that members of the LGBTQ community have made, individually and collectively, to changing the world.

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Bonham Centre Awards Gala

Annual Awards established in 2007 to recognize individuals or groups that have made a significant contribution to the advancement and education of human rights issues surrounding sexual education. Click here to find out more about the Bonham Centre Awards, past recipients, and present nominees.

Books Available From QueerBio.Com

New books available

A Path to Diversity: LGBTQ Participation in the Working World (Mark S. Bonham, 2017) investigates the current state of employment markets around the world for the LGBTQ community. Included is a discussion of equality in the workplace and why it is important to both the employer and employee, the wage gap, which professions are attractive to LGBTQ individuals and why, and the role of unions and government legislation. A survey of seventy five professions provides a status report for each, and seventy two biographies of influential LGBTQ professionals from around the world is included. 242 pages

Notables: 101 Global LBGTQ People Who Changed the World (Mark S. Bonham, 2015) reveals a group of select global Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals whose accomplishments in their profession changed the world in some relevant way. Included are founders of various social movements, innovators in sports, leaders in business and politics, explorers and discoverers, instigators in religious movements, thinkers in philosophy, infamous villains, creators of new academic fields of study, and risk takers in the arts, culture, and entertainment worlds. 212 pages.

Champions: Biographies of Global LGBTQ Pioneers (Mark S. Bonham, 2014) reveals a group of select artists, writers, politicians, lawyers, sports figures, activists, and religious figures from around the world who have helped shape the history of the LGBTQ community. Presented in a convenient notebook format. 114 pages.


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