2014 National Convention
Salt Lake City, UT
Thank you to everyone who attended our 2014 National Convention in Salt Lake City!
The 2014 American Atheists National Convention was held April 17-20 at the Hilton Salt Lake Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
For our 40th Annual National Convention, we were thrilled welcome keynote speaker: professional football player Chris Kluwe.
Chris is the author of the new book Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities. Chris is an outspoken advocate for LGBT equality, free speech, and other social issues who also happens to be one of the best punters in the NFL. Chris made news when he wrote about the bigotry he experienced as a result of his support for marriage equality and has made appearances on programs such as CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, The Colbert Report, The Ellen Degeneres Show, and many others.
In addition, American Atheists welcomed special guests Denise Stapley, winner of Survivor: Philippines, and Mark White, bass guitarist for the rock band Spin Doctors. Denise lives and works in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and is the state's only certified sex therapist. When Mark isn't playing with the Spin Doctors, he teaches and gigs with other bands.
Schedule of Events and Speakers
Keynote speaker Chris Kluwe and special guests Denise Stapley and Mark White were certainly not the only big names featured at our 2014 National Convention.
Speakers for Salt Lake City included:
- Rev. Barry Lynn, Executive Director of American United for the Separation of Church and State
- Maryam Namazie, spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and blogger/activist
- Matt Dillahunty, host of the Atheist Experience
- Greta Christina, author and blogger
- PZ Myers, biologist and blogger
- Marsha Botzer, founder of the Ingersoll Gender Center and LGBT activist
- Faisal Saeed al Mutar, founder of the Global Secular Humanist Movement and online activist
- Sikivu Hutchinson, author of Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars
- Vyckie Garrison, founder of No Longer Quivering
- Brian Keith Dalton, creator of the hilarious short film series Mr. Deity
- And many others...
We featured musical and comedy throughout the weekend, including our Comedy Show Friday evening.
Workshops and Training
New to the American Atheists convention were a series of workshops on Thursday. These workshops featured hands-on training from some of our movement's most prominent activists, content creators, and leaders.
Exhibitors and Sponsors
American Atheists was welcomed more than 30 vendors, exhibitors, and sponsors at our 2014 National Convention in Salt Lake City.
Code of Conduct
American Atheists is committed to hosting a fun, friendly, and informative convention for all participants. American Atheists does not tolerate harassment of or by conference participants in any form. A more complete description of our code of conduct is available here.
Our National Conventions are open to and welcomes all ages; however, please note that some discussions will feature adult language and frank discussions on issues of religion, sexuality, and personal issues.
American Atheists would like to ensure that all atheists feel welcome at our National Convention. To acknowledge the needs of the transgender community, American Atheists will designate gender neutral restrooms at the convention site. Restrooms can be a source of harassment, intimidation, and even violence for transgender people. If you choose to use these restrooms, please let everyone pee in peace. Each of us can determine for ourselves in which bathroom we belong.
American Atheists would like to make sure that all attendees can enjoy every presentation. We provided American Sign Language interpretation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at all plenary sessions and will have a designated area for those people with mobility concerns.