VFA Speakers

John Erickson

John Erickson is the President of the Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women. John is a Ph.D. Candidate in American Religious History at Claremont Graduate University where he is finishing up his dissertation tentatively titled “Step Sons and Step Daughter”: Chosen Communities, Religion, and LGBT Liberation.” John holds a MA in Women’s Studies in Religion; an MA in Applied Women’s Studies; and a BA in English and Women’s Studies. He is the Founding and Past President of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s LGBTQA+ Alumni Association and currently serves as the Chair of the Legislative Committee for the Stonewall Democratic Club, a Diversity & Inclusion Fellow at Claremont Graduate University, and a member of the Advocacy Committee at the National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles. He is a permanent contributor to the blog, Feminism and Religion and the Co-Chair of the Queer Studies in Religion section of the American Academy of Religion’s Western Region, the only regional section of the American Academy of Religion that is dedicated to the exploration of queer studies in religion and other relevant fields in the nation. In April 2017, he was the first openly gay athlete to be inducted into the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference Hall of Fame. Most recently, John was one of the coordinators of the Women’s March Los Angeles, which brought together 750, 000 people in downtown Los Angeles on January 21, 2017.

John Erickson


  • Men in Feminist History
  • 1st and 2nd Wave Feminism
  • Gender Studies
  • LGBTQ History
  • American Religious History (1940-Present)
  • Religion and Politics
  • Public Policy


  • Available for panel speaker; keynote speaker, TV, radio and print


  • Travel; honorarium fee negotiable


  • State, National and International