Last night, I interviewed Greta Christina, who was speaking in San Jose on the topic of "coming out" for atheists. As a vocal member of the LGBT community, she had much to say about the positive effects of living "out of the closet". Christina is the author of a new book called "Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why". My interview with Christina will be included in an upcoming New Atheist Nation podcast.
If you are an atheist living in the closet, Christina suggests you ask your openly gay friends if their lives are better after coming out. She says, almost universally, the answer is yes.
One of the encouraging points in her presentation relates to the downside of becoming a known atheist, living outside of the closet. It has been her experience that atheists almost never regret coming out of the closet, even if it did cause some problems in the short term. For this book, Christina gathered more than 400 “coming out stories” from nonbelievers around the world, and amazingly only *one* of those hundreds regretted leaving the closet!
She says, "What nonbelievers have to gain in coming out of the closet is a better life,” Christina said in an interview from her San Francisco home. She says this is true for LGBT people as well. "Even in a phobic world, we are usually happier when we come out and the same seems to be true of atheists when they come out, too.”
A well-known atheist activist, author, blogger and speaker, Christina is the author of "Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why", and also Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless".