Protesting the Anti-Gay Rights Movement


For Humanist Network News
Aug. 18, 2010

Andrea Crain devotes a lot of her free time to achieving full LGBTQ equality with Join The Impact Chicago. When she heard that the Americans for Truth About Homosexuality was holding a three-day "Truth Academy" in order to train the next generation of anti-gay-rights activists, she wanted to be a voice of dissent. So she joined a group protesting the event  and wrote up her thoughts for the Below is a slide-show essay on her experiences, adapted from her full account on the Friendly Atheist website.

Pictures are provided by Andrea Crain and additional photos (watermarked) are reprinted with permission of Amy Harkness. You can see Amy's full gallery of AFTAH protest pictures here.

Hemant Mehta is the Chair of the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) Board of Directors. He has worked with the Center for Inquiry and also is an SSA representative to the Secular Coalition for America. Hemant received national attention, including being featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, for his work as the "eBay Atheist." Hemant's blog can be read at, and his book, I Sold My Soul on eBay, (WaterBrook Press) is now available on He currently works as a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago.