October 18 in freethought history…

October 18, 1980 – Rebecca Watson, founder of the Skepchick blog and (until recently) a co-host of The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, is born. In addition to her ongoing promotion of scientific skepticism, Watson has led the charge in encouraging diversity within the skeptic movement, and in working to create an environment at skeptical conventions that is safe and welcoming to women.

October 18, 1989 – YouTube video-blogger, feminist and sex educator Laci Green is born in Utah. She became popular on YouTube in part because of several powerful videos in defense of atheism. In recent years her focus has been on sex education and promoting sex positive attitudes. She has worked for Discovery News, has appeared on Dr. Phil and the BBC, and now hosts her own YouTube channel, “Sex + with Laci Green.”

October 18, 2009 - British journalist and activist Sir Ludovic Kennedy dies in Salisbury, England, aged 89. Born in Edinburgh in 1919, he advocated against the death penalty and for assisted suicide. He was a supporter of the British Humanist Association, the National Secular Society and the Humanist Society of Scotland. He was the author of several books, including Euthanasia: The Case for a Good Death and All in the Mind: A Farewell to God.

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