July 1, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kelley Freeman, (614)441-9588 x101
LGBTQ Activists to Be Honored at Secular Student Conference
Columbus, OH – Nationally known LGBTQ activists, Marsha Botzer and Greta Christina, to be presented awards at Secular Student Alliance 2015 Annual Conference.
The Secular Student Alliance Annual Conference is the largest gathering of nonreligious and nontheistic students in the United States. Expected attendance for this year’s event is over 250 students from around the country. This year’s conference occurs July 10-12, 2015 at the Ohio State University’s Ohio Union, with the opening session beginning at 7:30 pm Friday night.
Marsha Botzer is receiving the annual Backbone Award, an honor that recognizes an individual who is a guide and inspiration for secular students across the country. Recipients of this award have demonstrated a commitment to the Secular Student Alliance’s core values of civic engagement, community, cooperation, critical inquiry, humanistic ideals, and inclusion.
Botzer served as co-chair of The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in 2009-2010, a position that she also held in 2005-2006. She is a founding member of the Out In Front Leadership Project, which created a Leadership Training Program for the LGBTQ Community, and currently serves on the World Professional Association for Transgender Health board of directors. Marsha founded Seattle’s internationally known Ingersoll Gender Center, and continues to serve the organization as a co-chair.
Greta Christina is receiving the inaugural Ambassador Award, given to the Secular Student Alliance donor who best serves as a champion for the organization. Such an ambassador repeatedly and widely shares why the Secular Student Alliance matters and is worthy of passionate support with as many people as possible.
Christina holds a variety of titles with the Secular Student Alliance: she is a popular and frequently requested member of the Speakers Bureau, an Advisory Board member, and a donor at the Lifetime Membership level. She has written several books popular with students, amplifies and refines student-focused ideas through her blogging and speaking, and meets with students personally while traveling.
The Secular Student Alliance is an organization that empowers secular students to proudly express their identity, build welcoming communities, promote secular values, and set a course for lifelong activism. Its support for grassroots organizing enables students to shape a future in which they thrive as valued members of society and provide visionary leadership committed to humanistic ideals and critical inquiry.
More information about the Secular Student Alliance can be found at www.secularstudents.org, @SecularStudents on Twitter, and at Facebook.com/SecularStudents.
For more information on the Secular Student Alliance 2015 Annual Conference, visit www.secularstudents.org/2015con