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Here is the list of speakers:
– Chris Kluwe is our keynote speaker. He is the former punter of the Minnesota Vikings and also an author (he wrote a collection of essays about religion, politics, and all sorts of other things called “Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities.” Here’s an Amazon link:
Chris has been in the news a lot the last two weeks or so, including an appearance on Anderson Cooper 360 last week, because he was allegedly fired from his job as an NFL football player with the Vikings because of his frequent public statements in support of LGBTQ rights. He wrote an article where he went into great detail about all the homophobia and discrimination in the NFL and how this led to his being fired. His article had 4 million views the last time I checked:
Our main speakers, besides Chris, are:
– Denise Stapley, who was the one million dollar grand prize winner of the reality show Survivor: Philippines. Denise is also the only registered sex therapist in the state of Iowa, where she lives. She’s never spoken at an atheist convention before.
– Mark White is the bassist of the Grammy-nominated alternative band Spin Doctors. He’s also an artist and teaches privately in Katy, Texas, where he lives, although he’s originally from NYC. This will also be his first time speaking for an atheist audience.
– Barbara Hillary is an adventurer and was the first African American woman to reach the both the North and South Poles. The more amazing part is that at the time of her first of the two trips, to the North Pole, she was 79 years old! Again this is her first time speaking to an atheist audience.
Other speakers, who are more well-known to atheist audiences, are writer/blogger/LGBTQ activist Greta Christina, YouTuber Brian Keith Dalton aka Mr. Deity (who is also a former Mormon), debater and host of the Atheist Experience Matt Dillahunty, Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson, Reverend Barry Lynn, blogger and biologist PZ Myers, Maryam Namazie of the Council of Ex-Muslims, Faisal Saeed al Mutar of the Global Secular Humanist Movement, and a bunch more…
Ernie Chambers (Nebraska state senator), Yau-man Chan (from the show Survivor), and Beth Presswood are being added as speakers.