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Old 01-30-2009, 03:41 PM   #1
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Default Welcome To The Glbtq Forum At Dimensionsmagazine.com!

As of January 30, 2009, the GLBTQ forum is open. Butch, who will act as the main moderator, has asked me to post this introduction:

Before you explore the many splendored things here in the GLBTQ forum, please take a moment to read this introductory thread. We want to make sure that your time here among the ‘queers’ and the ‘spheres’ is informative, pleasurable, and, well, gay.

The GLBTQ forum is a space for anyone, of any gender or sexuality, who wants to participate in a positive space for online discussion, interaction, and fun. This forum is specifically open to anyone who respects the fundamental right of people to express their sexuality and gender in whatever way is meaningful to them. While this forum should not be a place that avoids sometimes tense discussions on the nature of GLBTQ existence as a minority within a heterosexual-majority world, this is not a place to dissuade, denounce, or criticize anyone’s choice to claim a GLBTQ identity. If you cannot refrain from being negative or critical about the rights of GLBTQ people to exist happily and healthily, then you may find yourself heavily moderated on this forum. Claims of religious or legal beliefs to support anti-GLBTQ sentiment will not be accepted, however, the GLBTQ forum is not a place for GLBTQ people and their allies to bash religious beliefs either. Debate and measured discussions about the structures in place that oppress GLBTQ people will be an inevitable part of any community of GLBTQ people. However, such debate will be expected to be carried out in a respectful manner; after all, many GLBTQ people continue to practice religion and adhere to particular faiths that can seem to be quite hostile to GLBTQ existence.

This forum is a place for threads of all kinds, from politics to sex to culture to fashion to jokes and cheesecake (of the bodily and bakery kinds). As with all the other forums, no ‘pink bits’ in the photos you may post. Also, while relationships happen at the Dimensions Forums all the time, the GLBTQ forum is not a place for personal ads. As with the rest of Dimensions as a whole, the GLBTQ forum respects the right of individuals to explore their sexuality, their fantasies, and their desires. This site will not tolerate complaints, badgering, or exclamations of disgust over sexual content that is GLBTQ-centric; in addition, a similar admonition will be in place for critiques of fat-specific sexuality in the GLBTQ forum. The rules of the Weight Board apply here as well, when the discussion is of a sexually overt nature. The rules of Hyde Park apply here when the discussion is of a political or culturally-sensitive nature.

The GLBTQ forum is a space for GLBTQ people and straight people, fat people and thin people (and everyone in between these labels) to come together and make community. As a result, no bashing of straight people, behaviors, or practices will be allowed. The GLBTQ forum is also not a place meant to be set off or exclusionary within the larger Dimensions community. We actively encourage all our participants to take part in the other forums at dimensionsmagazine.com, as well as explore the other content the website offers. There is so much to offer, and so many different types of people at Dimensions, that you do yourself a disservice if you stay within the GLBTQ forum and never venture out to read the recipes, the fashion hints, the confession threads, the health tips, or the regional events that pack the forums here at Dimensions.

Finally, please know how glad we are that you’re here, and we hope you stay a while. Any forum is only as strong as the people who post, and we hope you won’t be shy about posting, responding, and engaging in the creation of a vibrant fat and GLBTQ-positive space at one of the most popular websites on the internet, fat positive or otherwise. Welcome!

Last edited by butch; 01-30-2009 at 03:52 PM. Reason: 'and' instead of 'in' at beginning of my post, sorry folks!-Butch
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Three years later, and the forum hasn't been a big success. No active moderator, very little posting. Given the strong lobbying for the forum back then, I am surprised.
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