The ACSJ is proud to have author Greta Christina visiting to talk about her new book "Coming Out Atheist: How To Do It, How to Help Each Other, And Why?"
Coming out is the most powerful political act atheists can take. But coming out can be difficult and risky. What are some specific, practical, nuts-and-bolts strategies we can use: to come out of the closet, to support each other in coming out, and to make the atheist community a safer place to come out into? What can atheists learn about coming out from the LGBT community and their decades of coming-out experience -- and what can we learn from the important differences between coming out atheist and coming out queer?
About the Speaker: Greta Christina is author of "Coming Out Atheist: How To Do It, How to Help Each Other, And Why?", and of "Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless." She blogs at the cleverly named Greta Christina's Blog, one of the most widely-read and well-respected blogs in the atheist blogosphere, and is a regular contributor to the online political magazines AlterNet and Salon. She was ranked by an independent analyst as one of the Top Ten most popular atheist bloggers, and her writing has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, including Ms., Penthouse, Skeptical Inquirer, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the anthology Everything You Know About God Is Wrong. She has been writing professionally since 1989, on topics including atheism, skepticism, sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics, culture, and whatever crosses her mind. She tweets at Greta Christina. She lives in San Francisco with her wife, Ingrid.
For those first-timers, our schedule for the evening normally goes like this:
6:30-7:15 - Mingle and eat dinner
7:15-7:30 - ACSJ announcements
7:30-8:00 - Featured Presentation
8:00-8:30 - Q&A
8:30-9:30 - More meet and mingle