American Humanist Association’s LGBTQ Humanist Council Expresses Support for #MyNameIs Campaign

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Contact:

Merrill Miller, 202-238-9088 ext. 105, merrillmiller@americanhumanist.org
Kevin Jagoe, kjagoe@americanhumanist.org

(Washington, DC, June 15, 2015)—The American Humanist Association’s LGBTQ Humanist Council is pleased to voice its support for the #MyNameIs Campaign, a coalition that seeks to reform Facebook’s name and identification policies.

“This campaign is not just about an individual’s name on Facebook. It is about the erasure of a community choosing to live a life free of gender stereotypes,” said Kevin Jagoe, coordinator for the LGBTQ Humanist Council.

The American Humanist Association’s LGBTQ Humanist Council supports the rights of disenfranchised minorities, including transgender and genderqueer individuals, as well as performance artists, who are currently affected by Facebook’s real names policy. The LGBTQ Humanist Council also hopes that Facebook can find an inclusive solution to its current rules that will balance respect for identity with the need for safety.

“Members of the LGBTQ community may not want to share their given name with the world because it may remind them of the oppression and intolerance that they have endured,” Jagoe continued. “The humanist community stands against prejudice, and it will continue to support the LGBTQ community until it achieves full acceptance.”

Since the 1970s, the American Humanist Association has consistently advocated for the equal treatment of LGBTQ individuals under the law. In 2009, it created the LGBTQ Humanist Council, a forum for LGBTQ nontheists and their allies to support marriage equality and other measures preventing discrimination of LGBTQ individuals. In 2013, the American Humanist Association and its LGBTQ Humanist Council encouraged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8.

More information about the American Humanist Association’s advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ community can be found here.

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Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Humanist Association (AHA) works to protect the rights of humanists, atheists, and other nontheistic Americans. The AHA advances the ethical and life-affirming philosophy of humanism, which—without beliefs in any gods or other supernatural forces—encourages individuals to live informed and meaningful lives that aspire to the greater good of humanity.