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Humanism is a rational system of thought in which the primary objectives are human happiness and fulfilment, not adherence to supernatural beliefs. Humanism can be defined as working with others for the common good, or “Being good for goodness sake”.


This booklet is a manifesto - not in the sense of being a political party's pitch for votes - but in the sense of proposing a humanist view of the world specifically relevant to lesbians and gay men. Arguments are put forward to support the following propositions:


• human characteristics vary from one individual to another; this variation is natural and desirable - it helps us to adapt and survive in a changing world;


• human sexuality varies a lot; millions are strongly driven by sexual attraction to others of the same gender;


• our sexual desires are deeply rooted in our personalities; with sexual love, as with relationships between human beings generally, variety should be expected to occur;