The Humanist Hour #62: Candace Gingrich-Jones: LGBT Humanist Pride

A new episode of the Humanist Hour is available for listening. Keep reading to find out about the guests on this month’s show.

In this month’s  podcast, Jes Constantine and Todd Stiefel reflect on the AHA 70th Annual Conference, highlighting the acceptance speech by Candace Gingrich-Jones, the first ever awardee of the LGBT Humanist Pride Award. Also, listen to an interview with Candace and some special guest interviewers.

Tune in next month for our sex episode!



Segment 1: Witty Banter RE: The Rapture, Beer, and National Day of Reason


Read our very own Todd Stiefel’s Top Five Beers
I am not a beer connoisseur, but I do love beer. I always drink in moderation, except when I accidentally drink in lots of moderation, if you know what I mean. I have no idea how to describe the beer head as colored like a waning autumn sunset and how the beer has a nose like freshly cut dandelions simmering in a Crock-Pot. Fancy explanations are beyond my capabilities; I just know what I like. More…


National Day of Reason Event: Triangle Freethought Society
The Triangle Freethought Society (TFS) is a membership based, non-profit education and advocacy organization dedicated to issues surrounding nontheism. Their membership is made up of nontheists, post-theists, atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, skeptics and humanists living and working in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas.

Watch more videos from the Triangle Freethought Society National Day of Reason Event on

Segment 2: Google Garble / Listener Comment

THH listener, Amanda Pinkham, wants to spread the word about her organization and website: Freethinkers Of The World. Read about their logo contest! Listen to her comment, but before that – listen to Google’s attempt at translating it.

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Segment 3: Candace Gingrich-Jones: LGBT Humanist Pride

Since 1995, Candace Gingrich-Jones has served as a key advocate for issues of importance to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. Her involvement in the movement for queer equality began when her brother, Rep. Newt Gingrich, R-GA., was elected House speaker.

Her 1996 autobiography, The Accidental Activist, was a best seller in the LGBT community. Gingrich-Jones has been profiled in national newspapers & magazines, guest-blogged at Huffington Post and appeared on Good Morning America, Countdown with Keith Olbermann and the Queen Latifah Show. She also memorably guest-starred as the minister on Friends in the groundbreaking episode “The One with the Lesbian Wedding.”

On behalf of the Human Rights Campaign, Gingrich-Jones has criss-crossed the country to promote the importance of coming out, the duty to vote and the power of everyday conversations to change minds. As HRC Foundation’s Youth & Campus Outreach associate director, Gingrich-Jones works to provide tools, facilitate connections and empower Gen EQ (Generation Equality) to fight for LGBT equality on campus and beyond.

Segment 4: Interview with: Candace Gingrich-Jones and special guest Interviewers

Jason Frye Kolarik, President of the Humanist Association of San Diego
Since 1973, the Humanist Association of San Diego has been a Chartered Chapter of the American Humanist Association, serving the needs of Humanists and other Free Thinkers in San Diego County and the surrounding areas. In order to meet the dynamic needs of our community we engage in social, educational, and political advocacy events and activities.

Greta Christina has been writing professionally since 1989, on topics including atheism, sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics, culture, and whatever crosses her mind. She is one of the most widely- read and well- respected bloggers in the atheist blogosphere, and was recently ranked by an independent analyst as one of the Top Ten most popular atheist bloggers. She is a regular atheist correspondent for AlterNet, the online political magazine with over 1,200,000 hits a week, and has been writing about atheism and skepticism for Greta Christina’s Blog since 2005. Her atheist and skeptical writing has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, including Skeptical Inquirer, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the anthology Everything You Know About God Is Wrong.

Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association
The British Humanist Association is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. We promote Humanism, support and represent the non-religious, and promote a secular state and equal treatment in law and policy of everyone, regardless of religion or belief.

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