2016 Keynote Speakers and Sponsors

The Fat Activism Conference Organizing Team is proud to announce our Keynote Speakers and Sponsors for 2016!

The third annual Fat Activism Conference will take place September 23-25th. Registration will open June 15 with a 48 hour Super Early Bird Rush Registration. To be the first to know about all things conference-related, click here to join our e-mail list! If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, e-mail ragen@danceswithfat.org for more information.


Jill (Ji!!) Andrew

Jill AndrewAward-winning columnist and speaker Jill Andrew, PhD(c.) aka “Ji!!” is passionate about documenting and celebrating people’s lives and their experiences – especially women and girls. Jill is co-founder of the Body Confidence Canada Awards (BCCAs), FatinTheCity a fatshion lifestyle blog, associate producer of the documentary Shadeism: Digging Deeper, co-editor of the upcoming anthology “In Our Skin: Our Bodies Our Stories”(Demeter Press, Toronto ON), and an advisor to NAAFA among other body positivity projects. Jill frequently appears online, on-air and in print discussing body image as it intersects with size discrimination, fat activism, race & representation, fashion politics, and women and girls’ leadership. Jill pens the new column “THIS Abject Body” (THIS Magazine). She also did a TED Talk at York University on Fat Shaming & the Thin Epidemic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXEi-mX4HcI and is currently encouraging people to SIGN A CHANGE.ORG PETITION to help stop Size Discrimination in Ontario, Canada (and hopefully beyond!) For more on Jill, including awards, visit http://www.bodyconfidencecanadaawards.com/http://www.fatinthecity.com/

Dianne Bondy

Dianne BondyDianne Bondy is a celebrated yoga teacher, social justice activist and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement. Her inclusive view of yoga asana and philosophy inspires and empowers thousands of followers around the world – regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability.

She applies over 1000 hours of training to help her students find freedom, self-expression and radical self-love in their yoga practice. She shares her message and provides millions of followers with affordable access to online yoga classes, workshops and tutorials at her virtual studio: Yogasteya.com and her personal blog. Dianne contributes to Yoga International, Yoga Journal, Do You Yoga, and Elephant Journal. She is featured and profiled in International media outlets: The Guardian, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, and more. She is a spokesperson for diversity in yoga and yoga for larger bodies, as seen in her work with Pennington’s, Gaiam, and the Yoga & Body Image Coalition. Her work is published in the books: Yoga and Body Image, and Yes Yoga Has Curves

Charlotte Cooper

Charlotte Cooper

Dr Charlotte Cooper is a psychotherapist, cultural worker and para-academic based in London, UK. She has been involved with fat activism for 30 years. Her latest book is Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement (http://hammeronpress.net) and she blogs about fat at http://obesitytimebomb.blogspot.co.uk Find out more about her at http://www.charlottecooper.net

Caleb Luna

Caleb LunaCaleb Luna is a superfat queer brown femme writer, activist, poet, performer, and first year Ph.D. student in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. Their work explores the intersections of fatness, desire, fetishism, white supremacy and colonialism from a queer of color lens. You can find more of their writing on Black Girl Dangerous and Facebook and Tumblr under queerandpresentdanger.


Platinum Sponsor


The Binge Eating Disorder Association does amazing work providing leadership in the recognition, prevention, and treatment of Binge Eating Disorder (BED) in people of all sizes, as well as working intersectionally to increase fat positivity in Eating Disorder Community and the world, which makes them a perfect partner for the Fat Activism Conference! Find out more at http://bedaonline.com/

Gold Sponsors


The Association for Size Diversity and Health is an international professional organization composed of members committed to the Health At Every Size® Principles.
They promote education, research, and the provision of services which enhance health and well-being, and  are free from weight-based assumptions and weight discrimination. See more at https://www.sizediversityandhealth.org

Friend of Marilyn Logo

Friend of Marilyn is a fabulous fat positive  radio show that has run on Access Manawatu, a community radio station, for the last five years, with podcasts and blogs gaining recognition world-wide for celebrating fat people. Learn more at http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life/77958280/fat-positive-activist-taking-message-across-the-world.html

Silver Sponsors

Melissa Fabello Logo

Melissa A. Fabello is a body acceptance activist, sexuality scholar, and patriarchy smasher living in Philadelphia. She is the Managing Editor of Everyday Feminism, the largest independent feminist media site in the world with an audience of over seven million, and you can find her in various corners of the Internet, usually trying to cause trouble, or taking a break from the revolution to cuddle with her cat. Find out more at http://www.melissafabello.com/

The Body Positive Logo

The Body Positive
 does powerful work giving people tools to reconnect to their innate body wisdom so they can have more balanced, joyful self-care, and a relationship with their whole selves that is guided by love, forgiveness, and humor. Get more information at http://www.thebodypositive.org/

Community Partners

More of Me To Love

We would like to offer our deepest gratitude to this year’s Keynote Speakers and Sponsors for being part of the Fat Activism Conference!

Click here to join our e-mail list and be the first to know about everything conference related!

If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, e-mail ragen@danceswithfat.org for more information.

About Ragen Chastain

Hi, I’m Ragen Chastain. Speaker, Writer, Dancer, Choreographer, Marathoner, Soon to be Iron-distance triathlete, Activist, Fat Person.
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