My name is Gregory Tripp but most people know me simply as Tripp. I am from Michigan and I have been an atheist since late childhood (AA). Between the ages of 9 and 13 is when I completely grew out of God and other superstitous thinking. Of course, it took some time after that before I came out to my family. Just recently I had to do it all over again when I reconnected with my father last year.
I joined Atheist Nexus principally to meet other atheist. The main push to get out of the closet came from Richard Dawkins. I am grateful to him for his encouragement of the atheist community and also for his contributions to evolutionary biology.