Storyteller for
Social Good

The white evangelical Christian “Purity Movement” promoted a strict view of abstinence before marriage targeting adolescents, teens and young adults with the message that they were either pure or impure/good or bad/Christian or non-Christian based on others’ assessments of their sexual lives. Today, many of its followers are grappling with unforeseen aftershocks
and coming together to heal.

About Linda

Linda Kay Klein (she/her) is author of the award-winning book, Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free. She is also a religious deconstruction & purity culture recovery coach, and the founder and president Break Free Together, a not-for-profit organization serving individuals recovering from gender- and sexuality-based religious trauma.

Linda has spoken around the world from the TEDx stage to The Apollo’s Women of the World Festival. Her work has been featured by the New York Times, NPR, CBS, NBC, Elle Magazine, and over 150 other outlets. Linda is a trained Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education facilitator, and holds an interdisciplinary Masters degree in gender, sexuality and religion from New York University.

Linda has worked in the social change sector for over two decades. Her background includes founding a program on how to find and follow your purpose used in over 200 universities for the social entrepreneurship incubator, Echoing Green, and working with million dollar donors supporting women and girls through Women Moving Millions.

Linda is married to a writer and social change agent who inspires her every day, and has a daughter in diapers and another in college.

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Linda loves to speak and lead workshops, retreats, and other gatherings! She has presented for nearly 100 audiences around the word—from the TEDx stage to the famed Apollo Theater.

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