Equality Ride

Taueret Manu, an Equality Rider from the Bronx, prepares literature for the stop at Liberty University

Taueret Manu, an Equality Rider from the Bronx, prepares literature for the stop at Liberty University

What are you doing next spring? Young people from across the country are going to be on a particularly pithy tour in March and April…maybe you should join them.

Inspired by the Freedom Rides of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, the Equality Ride began in 2006 to address the over 200 colleges and universities with explicit policies that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students. The “Soulforce” team visits campuses to open eyes and hearts and advocate for equality. The team of college-age participants leads vigils, classroom presentations, worship services, and public presence activities to draw attention and answer questions about religion-based discrimination.

They open dialog with administrators and teaching staff, and most importantly with their young peers on campus and in the surrounding community. It is remarkable how prejudice can melt in the face of meeting someone one-on-one and having a conversation.

2010 will be the fourth annual bus tour for LGBTQ youth and straight allies to engage college students throughout America in the struggle for social justice. Applications are being taken now for riders–and you can sit in the back, the middle, the front, or any damn place on the bus you wish–it is your right (and responsibility)

Applications and more info here


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