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Coming Out Atheist

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Unitarian Universalist Center

1187 Franklin St. at Geary · San Francisco, CA

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We'll be in the Martin Luther King room.

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Coming Out Atheist

Humanist and Non-Theist Discussion with Greta Christina

Unitarian Universalists, from the early days of the gay liberation movement, have been supportive of LGBT people as they took the risky steps necessary to come out of the closet. Due to widespread disapproval, non-believers are often faced with similar risks when coming out as atheists. Loss of family, friends and jobs can be the consequence. Greta Christina will discuss her experience coming out as an atheist. She will discuss some specific, practical, nuts-and-bolts strategies that can be used 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? What can we as Unitarian Universalists do to support atheists in their coming out journey?

Greta Christina is the author of several books including "Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why”. She has been writing professionally since 1989, on topics including atheism, sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics and culture. Her writing has appeared in multiple magazines and newspapers, including Ms., Penthouse, Chicago Sun-Times, On Our Backs, and Skeptical Inquirer. She blogs at Greta Christina's Blog ( and is a regular contributor to AlterNet, Salon, The Humanist, and Free Inquiry. You can follow her on Twitter at @GretaChristina.

The discussion begins at 1 PM. We'll be in the Chapel.

Sandwiches will be available for purchase. Everyone is welcome.