• 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.