Secular Day Near the Capitol is rapidly approaching April 10th… and we just added two new speakers to our lineup!

  • Richard Stevens a.k.a. Barbra Seville -  one of Arizona’s most well-known drag performers, who and has been delighting audiences from coast to coast for over two decades! When Barbra takes the stage in a flurry of feathers and foam rubber, lipstick and lashes, gowns and gams, you are in for a ride. She has raised almost $1,000,000 for LGBT and HIV causes, and her award-winning show has been called a "Must See" by She recently made world-wide headlines, when she exposed Kari Lake's hypocritical stance on LGBTQ positions and the art of female impersonation. Richard and Barbra will be on hand to give insights into the subject of recent legislative attacks on the art of drag and LGBTQ+ rights—in the most fun way possible!
  • Andrew Seidel - author and attorney who’s defended the First Amendment for more than a decade in and out of court. Andrew has dedicated his career to challenging religious privilege and battling Christian Nationalism. He speaks and writes extensively about religious freedom; and has been profiled by BBC News, Buzzfeed, International Business Times, and more. Is a fight against equality and for privilege a fight for religious supremacy? Andrew dives into the debate on religious liberty, the modern attempto weaponize religious freedom, and the Supreme Court’s role in that “crusade.”

My Improbable Path to the White House: Lessons on Education, Ambition and Public Service

March 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Sami Al-Asady has has served on the board of Secular AZ, interned for Congressman Ruben Gallego, written for the Arizona Republic, Arizona Capitol Times, and OnlySky, spoken at the 2021 Freedom From Religion Foundation National Conference, and completed President Biden’s first class of the White House Internship Program. Through these experiences, Sami has harnessed insights on the topics of education, meaning, and ambition. He is thrilled to impart his perspective and foster dialogue with members of the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix community on Sunday.


Chris Phillis: Juvenile Justice in Arizona

March 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: The connections between white supremacy, the prison industrial complex, and religion aren’t always as clear, though religious influence on the current criminal justice system stems back to Christian ideas about punishment and penitence, and ecclesiastic justice . In this series, we’ll explore the common threads that weave these issues together.

In our next installment of this ongoing series, we'll be joined on Zoom by Chris Phillis, the co-director for the Southwest Region of the National Juvenile Defender Center; she’ll speak on the juvenile justice system in Arizona.


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