More Good News: What About the Men at WiS2?

What about the men? Well, I’ll tell you what about the men! I have found more than a few good men that will be joining us at Women in Secularism 2 in Washington, DC May 17th -19th. And I am thrilled to be able to pay their admission to the event!

Last week, I announced the final round of women grant winners for American Atheists Con. With help from some generous donations, I was able to pay admission for 11 women to attend that event. Today, I am happy to introduce you to the first five men that have won admission grants for WiS2.

The first round of winners:

Nathan Hevenstone nathanis majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Commercial Music at Florida Atlantic University. He plays guitar and sings and hopes to study fanaticism during school, and P2P/torrenting after school. He has a blog:





Chris Hofstader Chris and his awesome Guide Doghas worked for more than 30 years in software engineering, spending the past fifteen years working on technology solutions for people with disabilities. He has a total vision impairment and uses the technology he develops. Chris got involved in the skeptical movement in 2011 and is a semi-regular contributor to The Twenty First Floor blog, The Pod Delusion podcast, has been a guest contributor to Skepchics and actively but informally helps skeptics, atheists, humanists and others to improve the accessibility of their web sites and other technology for people with disabilities. He will be accompanied at the Women in Secularism conference by his wonderful guide dog, X-Celerator.



Alex Gonzalez Alexis a Floridian working on a Ph.D. in biology at the University of Ottawa in Canada. His project is about membrane plasticity in fish, and how they can change the composition of their membranes to fit various situations. He co-writes a blog with Ania Bula at, where they discuss social justice issues, the philosophical and cultural implications of belief versus non-belief, ethics, and politics. He wears a Panama hat.




Daniel Samuelson Danielis a writer, fan of Skepchick, and an avid feminist and armchair philosopher. He was part of the tech industry until 2010. He is now working on his own business ideas, writing novels, and toying with board game ideas. He loves physics and astronomy. He is really looking forward to meeting everyone at WiS and hopes to use this experience to become a better secular activist.







Benny Bennyis a writer at, and lives in Chicago IL. He has, in his 30’s, finally decided what he wants to be if he grows up, and is attempting to study science during the week while teaching classes on alternative sexuality and gender issues on the weekends. Benny is a queer polyamorous transman, curious skeptic, and enthusiastic seeker of knowledge.






Congrats to the first round of WiS2 Surly Grant winners!

There is still time to apply and to donate but time is running out. I want to wrap up this grant program in the next few weeks so If you identify as a man and would like to apply for a Surly Admission Grant for WiS2 go here. Go now!

If you would like to donate to help get more men at WiS2 go here or help out by buying something from my Etsy shop.

Thanks to everyone who has helped to support this project so far! See you at WiS2.

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Amy Roth

Amy Davis Roth (aka Surly Amy) is a multimedia, science-loving artist who resides in Los Angeles, California. She makes Surly-Ramics and is currently in love with pottery. Daily maker of art and leader of Mad Art Lab. Support her on Patreon. Tip Jar is here.

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      1. I’d ask if the Skepchick org would want all those links to my face flooding in but in all seriousness I don’t think anyone’s really that interested, so I guess I could link to if I had the need.

  1. Yay Nate! He’s actually the reason I found out about Skepchick, when he posted about Elevatorgate in my Atheist group on SG. WIN!

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