• we should use observation and reason to develop our understanding of the world around us, testing our ideas out when practicable; we should challenge beliefs based on superstition, supposed messages from a god or gods, or traditions, especially those which conflict with rational understanding;

 

• we should develop a moral compass to guide our actions; a compass that will help us judge what will be of benefit to ourselves and those around us, and steer us through the difficulties of life;

 

• living among a heterosexual majority, we are constantly reminded of our own different natures; like other minorities, we may face questions about how we fit in;

 

• being an identifiable minority, we are vulnerable to discrimination; we need to stand up for ourselves;

 

• we should promote an outlook of tolerance and respect for individuality and difference in society generally;

 

• whilst opposing those who condemn us because of our sexuality, we should give credit where credit is due; we should not undervalue kind and helpful actions performed by those with beliefs different from our own.

 

The following sections of this booklet further explain each of these propositions.

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