Here's an introduction to who I am and why I'm here.
My name is Sebastian Torren Greenwood, though I usually keep it to Sebastian Torren G. on the net for security reasons. I am transgendered FTM and people in my real-world life don't really know so just in case I like to keep partial anonymity online.
My family raised me in a reform Jewish household - we celebrate select holidays throughout the year, we go to services where people read poems in English and sing after every prayer, I don't know Hebrew and hardly know any prayers - but my maternal grandmother is orthodox and obviously wanted me to be more observant.
I went along with the traditions before I was old enough to know how to rebel. I came out as bisexual in 7th grade, then as gay in 8th grade, and finally as trans in 10th grade. In 8th grade I went through a horrible depression and attempted suicide. I couldn't understand why a benevolent god would put me through the horror of cutting my wrist because I couldn't deal with my emotions any other way or why he would put a male into the body of a female. My grandmother's religion hated gays and would have hated transsexuals too if that was a thing back then.
I completely rejected religion for those reasons. I refused to go to services and wretch behind my grandmother's back when she says anything particularly religion-esque. I identify with Jean-Paul Sartre's atheistic existentialism and secular humanism. I don't need a god or a holy text to tell me how to judge morality or ethics. I'm a debater; such things are inherently obvious.
I go between hating on religion and accepting it as a fact of some people. Mostly I'm ok with other people believing as long as they never try to assert that their religion is the one true religion and they don't reject anything I believe on that basis. I do think that religion makes up for some inadequacy in people's lives but there's no reason for me to go around telling people that because I don't want to intentionally hurt people's feelings.
I like Think Atheist because here I can hate on religion all I want and I won't get penalized for it. Call it a rant if you will.
I hope to get to chat with some people in the near future. Atheists unite!