How The Satanic Temple Embraces its LGBTQ Members – And Why it Should

It’s no secret to most of our readers that we at CVLT Nation have strong political leanings. Much to the chagrin of some people, we don’t think of this site as strictly a place for music reviews and streams, any more than we think that music, or any art form, is strictly non-political. Telling an artist or a musician that their beliefs have no place in their art is ridiculous, considering the long and essential history of art and music in political movements. So while we are focused on music and art on CVLT Nation, we’re also focused on our political beliefs. At the root of what we believe are our anti-mainstream tenets. We do not suffer religion or mainstream political parties. We are not Democrats; we are not religious apologists; we do not support the racist, genderist, sexist ideals that our society has been built on. Traditions are meant to be ignored. History is something to learn from and the future is something to change.

All of this is a long-winded intro to why we support an organization like The Satanic Temple. Of any organization active in the United States today, they take the most disruptive stance on our current social climate. They aim to dismantle the social mores that define our culture. The LGBTQ community is under constant attack in the so-called “Free World,” most recently by the monstrosity that heads it. So the Temple’s move to make it known that they are a place for everyone with an open mind and a kind soul is very much needed at this time.

One of their members wrote an awesome piece on VICE this week that we want to share with you. You can read it in part below and in full on VICE.com.

 

Ash Astaroth

 

How the Satanic Temple Became a Queer Haven

The Temple is a haven for smart people with complicated identities that promotes benevolence and empathy.

Read the original article on VICE

by Kate Ryan

In the early 90s, Ash Blackwood (who goes publicly by his psuedonym, Ash Astaroth) was an openly gay teen looking for community in his tiny Ohio suburb—and he found it when he stumbled upon Satanism.

With his piercings and blue hair, he found empowerment by embracing his own brand of weirdness—something that brought him routine high school bullying, but seemed to be embraced by the Church of Satan. Without a physical church to visit, he said he’d spend a few hours each day at his local library, logging onto online Satanic forums and chatting with like-minded souls. For several years, those virtual chats sufficed.

Ultimately, however, he became disenchanted by the Church’s insincere and aggressive tone, not to mention the bros who infected the scene with outdated machismo.

He nearly ditched Satanism altogether. In 2014, as he prepared for a life explaining away his Lucifer tattoos with a spiel about liking the literary archetype, he discovered the Satanic Temple, an unrelated though similarly-named group. It was actually an anti-Satanic Temple rant that drew him to the organization, posted to YouTube by Brian Werner, a former death metal vocalist in the band Vital Remains. “It’s become a very liberal, compassionate, borderline hippie-like outlook on politics and societal issues,” said Werner.

“If this guy is leaving the Satanic Temple for those reasons,” Astaroth recalls thinking. “That’s exactly where I need to be.”

A year later, Astaroth established New York City’s first Satanic Temple chapter, pulling an online community into a real-life group roughly 80 members strong, the first IRL chapter in the city. The goal: to make it “not just accepting of LGBTQ people, but an enthusiastically accepting atmosphere for LGBTQ people,” he said. In other words, the kind of group he’d longed for as a teen in Ohio. To wit, the first question on the New York chapter’s membership application asks for one’s preferred pronoun, which establishes a communal sense of respect while also acting as a safety net. “If someone takes the opportunity to answer it in a flippant way, they’re just not going to be a good fit for our chapter,” Astaroth said.

He has since moved to Salem, Massachusetts, where he’s now the director of the Temple’s headquarters and remains an assistant chapter head of the NYC group he founded. The Temple’s openness to intersectional identities is just part of what’s endeared him so strongly to the group. “Queer is an extra layer on top of being gay just like Satan is an extra layer on top of being an atheist,” Astaroth said. “You can be both.”

This would have been news to me six months ago. At 26 years old, newly lesbian, and navigating the tail end of a five year relationship with the man I loved, I didn’t know what to call myself aside from “confused.” Figuring I might as well lean into that untethered panic, I attended a public forum hosted by the Satanic Temple’s LA chapter. Held at a biker bar in the suburbs, I showed up wearing mom jeans and fit in seamlessly, and I’ve since become a member in good standing.

Since then, I’ve been consumed with all things Satanic Temple. As someone who identifies as both gay and queer—queer in the modern sense of rejecting binary thinking—I feel at home in its embrace of complexity. As it turns out, I’m not alone.

Read the full article on VICE

 

 

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“we do not support the racist, genderist, sexist ideals that our society has been built on. Traditions are meant to be ignored. History is something to learn from and the future is something to change.” I wonder at what point people will wake up and realize Cvltnation, Metal Injection, Metalsucks are nothing but Marxist propaganda sites. Metal is just a means to an end for these people. They use it as a front. They all popped up at the same time, under the same Network and expouse the same commie ideas. Not to mention have launched jihads on beloved Metal… Read more »

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Detryck Von-Doom

If you value compassion, body autonomy, freedom of choice and speech, and truth in all things In Trump’s America, then Satan is your best friend.

Ave Satanas. Gloriam serpentis.

John M Price
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What a fucking clown car…

Ash Astaroth
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Ash Astaroth

thank you.

Juha Ensio Nieminen
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I do not care if you’re straight, gay, lesbian, trans, white, black etc. I do care if you’re an idiot. Like most people seem to be nowdays. Stop discrimination, hate everyone equally.

Mattia Cossu
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Here for the nsbm snowflakes tears.

Mike Celis
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Ju Ana lee esto, esta hermoso.

Ju Ana
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Thats why i only pry to Death

Patrick Rogers
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Tears of nsbm dads “well IN MY DAY…”

Jen Otis
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Why do people even care how other people look and who they fuck? As long as adult people aren’t fucking kids, animals, and non-consenting adults, they’re not bothering me. Leave them alone.

Paimon Apotheosis
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I’m a happily heterosexual white male and I approve this message

Andrés Yáñez Chavarriaga
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Look at all the triggered bm snowflakes offended at the fact LGBTQ people have the right to exist, do you need a safespace fellas? Stormfront maybe?

James Abilene
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Judging by your overuse of 2017 buzzwords I’ll assume you’re trying to troll. But let me appeal to regular conversation and point out that Satanism by it’s very nature is discriminatory against anyone but ‘thy self.’ The entire philosophy is rooted in might is right and personal sovereignty not community acceptance. Any lgbtq individual who embraces Satanism would be doing so as their act of personal defiance against whatever and whoever they are rebelling from for their own selfish end – and that is completely valid in their personal journey. That’s the beauty of the philosophy that it isn’t bound… Read more »

Finn Meehan
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“Satanism is about being a dick, and I aim to prove it.”

Andrés Yáñez Chavarriaga
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LaVeyan Satanism is about individuality more than anything with its NIetzsche/Ayn Rand mixture of philosophies, so it’s just natural they wouldn’t give a shit about what people decide to do with their personal love lives

James Abilene
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What books do you read to learn about the philosophy or is this a version of Satanism being created this year?

James Abilene
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Even going as far back as 1630s Luciferians there is still the philosophy of the individual. “we hold the same values that Lucifer did when he rebelled
against the tyranny of collectivism and we proudly stand under the name that represents self-assertion and liberty”

Sami-Hilm Karoui
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Laveyan Satanism is not a mixture of nietzsche/rand. The satanic bible has passages plagiarized from might is right and appropriates nietzsches philosophy in a similar fashion to the Nazis

Sami-Hilm Karoui
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It is wrong because its morality is based on power and that can never be a good idea

Henker Bärtig
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lol, sick, fuck this church)

Ali DiPasquale
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We’re not a church. Please read.

Simon Déchamps
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Black metal adepts are laughing so hard at this.

James Abilene
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I think some people need to go back and read Satanic philosophy. Satanism is about self acceptance not group acceptance. You can be any gender or sexuality. That’s your Satanic right. But it’s other people’s right to not care or even accept you. If you’re looking for a kumbaya club then you’re always going to butt heads with Satanism. Or you can just rewrite Satanic philosophy like TST has and create a liberal, left leaning group… but Satanism as a philosophy is non-partisan.

Jen Otis
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depends on the satanist you talk to. Is this LaVey satanism you’re referring to?

Sean Alexander Lavington
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Yes he’s referring to LaVey 😒

James Griffin
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Diana Justice Rosewater

Naur Narisch
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this is pathetic!

Dillon Simmons
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Doug Simmons told you

Gerry Erl
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the LGBTQ community are fucking terrorists!!!!

Finn Meehan
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What?

Lee Patterson
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🤔

David S. Grop
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As in “terrorists of fucking”? Where would one sign up for this? (not asking for a friend)

Andrés Yáñez Chavarriaga
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Really makes you think right, Deus Vult/Confederate flag guy? I wonder why he thinks they’re terrorist. Seems he’s in line with those Pakistani scientists that think earthquakes are generated by people being gay

Gerry Erl
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liberal degenerates

David S. Grop
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As in “degenerate liberally”? Seriously, where do I sign up for this shit?

Jim Reed
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Found the classic homophobe.

Ryan Pervola
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hey Gerry, dont you have to go dress up and pretend to be a soldier somewhere?

Ryan Pervola
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Jim Reed
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Ryan Pervola But it’s “tactikewl”.

Ryan Pervola
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so you go and play pretend soldier with your reenactment buddies instead of having a pair of balls and actually enlisting in the armed forces, yet call gays terrorists, most of whom are ACTUAL soldiers fighting for youre right to freely call them terrorists? That about sums it up right?

Ryan Pervola
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right Gerry Erl?

Ryan Pervola
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hey Gerry, how many terrorists have you mowed down with your airsoft rifles you brave patriot you?

Ryan Pervola
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dont worry everyone, im sure Gerry will respond soon, hes just busy protecting us from terrorists that are just different than him, or airsoft target pillows. hes a busy boy

Seena Arya
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Fuck this liberal bullshit.

Andrés Yáñez Chavarriaga
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Show us where the gay people hurt you

Seena Arya
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Andrés Yáñez Chavarriaga it hurts me to see every single music blog turn into a way for liberals and social justice warriors to express their love for gays and and refugees and animals, it’s supposed to be music, it’s not your personal tumblr blog I don’t want my music to be filled with animal rights, everywhere you go on Facebook you see these kinds of posts, I’m just frustrated. where’s the god damn music? no one gives a crap about the music anymore.

J.T. Harechmak
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It’s 2017, you have access to the internet, and you can’t find music?

Thomas Joseph
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Seena Arya the music hates you

Jim Reed
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Seena Arya Social issues have always been involved with extreme metal and punk music from the start- get over it.

Karro Dahl
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The Satanic church has been cool with gays since the 60’s (Laveyan). If all these black metal posers can read CVLT NATION as a blog, they should atleast get with what trve satanism is about. It’s not liberalism *puke puke puke on the posers*

Patrick Rogers
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Thanks NSBM angry dad

Karro Dahl
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Satanic acceptance of human nature makes fucking sense

Jean-Paul Griffin
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And they are openly murdered in Islamic countries.

Karro Dahl
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*LGBTQ are persecuted everywhere

Jean-Paul Griffin
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Yes socially (somewhat) not legally in our western countrys. In the last 30 years it has gotten insanely better. Most people don’t really care if someone is gay, trans, bi. Atleast not enough to act violently toward them.

Joseph Wilding
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It’s getting stupid now isn’t it, they didn’t even mention Islam in their post about the summer sale either.

Hails Joyce
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Are you kidding Jean-Paul Griffin? The west still has a fucked track record for treatment of LGBTIQ+ communities.
People are being killed everyday.

Jean-Paul Griffin
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Wow you guys trigger easily. I’m not saying there is not room for improvement there always is. But life is cruel that’s just the truth. And here in the West it’s pretty good. We have it very good. Looking at history and our surroundings you can see this. People are being killed every day but they are white, black hetero, homo. Death dose not discriminate. I’m just sick of today’s society. A competition who can be the most victimized. We celebrate people who whine. The only thing I believe that is systematic is classism. That’s it.

Jelte Schmitz
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But you have to agree that classism does have different effects depending on other social constructs such as gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity etc.

Johnathon Mcdaniel
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Jean-Paul Griffin it’s unless they wanna be victims there no amount of logic that gonna get through there heads.

Andrés Yáñez Chavarriaga
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Classism/elitism is the main base of discrimination, but as Jelte said all other types of discrimination are tied to it

Jean-Paul Griffin
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Classism is systematic. Other forms of discrimination are social. We in the west used to have these forms of discrimination as cultural but over the last 30 to 40 years it is generally in bad taste to make judgement calls based on race, Gender and sexual orientation. Go out on the street and ask people if they don’t like homosexuals, blacks or women. It will probably be more rare to find someone who speaks against those groups. There will always be discrimnation on some level we are humans after all. Even animals do it.

Hails Joyce
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Ffs. You’re clearly not getting it.
Trans people are killed and harmed for being trans.
Ya know any cis hetros being killed for being cis and hetro?

Hails Joyce
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Jean-Paul Griffin
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Well your not very good at it.

Jean-Paul Griffin
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Johnathon Mcdaniel
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I’m stealing this Jean-Paul Griffin

Jean-Paul Griffin
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It’s the best. Haha

Joseph Wilmore
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Lmao, Werner is an ass. Good on Blackmore.