Representation and Fanart

We will discuss the role fanfiction and fanart play in providing the queer, neurodivergent, etc. representation still missing from movies, books, and other media.

6 p.m. – 7 p.m. CDT, Friday April 13

To submit a question for the Q&A of this panel, please leave a comment below. Questions that are actually questions will receive priority.


Jadehawk, Jason D., Krista Grace, Sunflower Punk

Representation and Fanart

Opening Remarks: Staying Relevant as a Movement

How does the secular movement stay relevant when rights are being threatened and rolled back and whether news is “fake” is dictated by a tweet? Greta Christina will offer her thoughts, then Stephanie Zvan will tell you how to navigate and participate in the conference.

5 p.m. – 6 p.m. CDT, Friday, April 13

There will be no Q&A for this session.


Greta Christina has been writing professionally since 1989, and has been writing about atheism since 2005. She is author of several books, including “The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life,” “Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God,” “Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why, and “Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless.” She blogs at Greta Christina’s Blog, at The Orbit, and is on both Facebook and Twitter.

She lives in San Francisco with her wife, Ingrid.

Stephanie Zvan is the associate president of Minnesota Atheists, on the board of Secular Woman, and one of the organizers of Secular Women Work conferences and workshops. She writes at Almost Diamonds on The Orbit network, and she’s not afraid to tackle the occasional taboo.

Opening Remarks: Staying Relevant as a Movement

Behold the OrbitCon Schedule!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a panel proposal! Here’s the schedule for this weekend’s OrbitCon. All times listed are Central daylight.


5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Opening Remarks: Staying Relevant as a Movement
Greta Christina, Stephanie Zvan

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Representation and Fanart
Jadehawk, Jason D., Krista Grace, Sunflower

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Atheism in the Diaspora
Alyssa Gonzalez, Faye, Ashley Grenstone, Heina Dadabhoy

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
So You Want to Run a Conference
Stephanie Zvan, Lauren Lane, Jessica Xiao, Brian Fields, Chelsea DuFresne


10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Black Nonbelievers: Support the Ones Who Are Doing the WORK!!!
Mandisa Thomas, Bria Crutchfield

11 a.m. – noon
Secular Coalition for America: How to Incorporate a Secular Values Message into your Advocacy
Sarah Levin

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Secular Woman: Secular Women Work Conference
Monette Richards, Mandisa Thomas, Chelsea DuFresne, Stephanie Zvan

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Trauma and Mental Illness 101 for Non-Mental Health Professionals
Heatherly Hodges

2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Ace/Aro Atheists
Siggy, Emily Karp, Sennkestra

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Activist Burnout: Prevention and Treatment
Greta Christina, Bria Crutchfield

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The Trans Podcaster Visibility Initiative
Callie Wright, Marissa Alexa McCool, Trav Mamone

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Secular Woman: Who’s Running This Show, Anyway?
Monette Richards, Sam Farooqui, Valerie Aurora

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The Many Problems of Steven Pinker
HJ Hornbeck, William Brinkman

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Growing Up in the Movement
Heina Dadabhoy, Lux, Olivia James, Talon Richards, Debbie Goddard

Bonus stream
AfterCon: Steven Universe!
Jason Thibeault, Benny Vimes, Talon Richards


10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
CFI: Trends in Secular Community Groups
Debbie Goddard, Stef McGraw, Monette Richards, Jennifer Beahan, Debby Williams, Michael Cluff

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Creating and Finding Progressive Secular Content Online
Kristi Winters, Steve Shives, Chrisiousity, Eiynah

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
CFI: Secularizing Marriage Celebrant Law
Nick Little, Reba Boyd Wooden, Galen Broaddus, Jennifer Beahan, Stephanie Zvan

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
All the Small Things
Nicole Harris, Michael Cluff, Autumn Reinhardt Simpson, Heather Hegi

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
What Even Skeptics Get Wrong About Science
Jeremiah Traeger, Ari Stillman, Katie Marshall, Alix Jules

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Live Recording of the Super Serious Social Justice Podcast
Brianne Bilyeu, Olivia James, Courtney Kupfer

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wrapping It Up
OrbitCon organizers and hosts

Over the next couple of days, we’ll be adding links here to the post for each session. There, you’ll find session descriptions and bios of the participants. Those posts are also where you can leave questions for the panelists and speakers during the session. And of course, you’ll also be able to watch the session there, during or after the conference.

Treat this schedule as your one-stop shop during OrbitCon.

Behold the OrbitCon Schedule!