|The Soulforce Equality Ride is a two month social justice bus tour that confronts political and spiritual oppression of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people. The ride began in 2006 and has visited hundreds of cities, colleges, universities, and other institutions. The 2012 ride will be the fifth tour. This year a large emphasis is being placed on intersectional justice (or the desire to practice social justice in a way that ends all oppression against all people) and community involvement. The participants of the Equality Ride are provided top notch training, transportation, housing, and food throughout the tour. Support from rider pages like this one helps to make the Soulforce Equality Ride possible. Visit www.equalityride.com to learn more!|
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Andy Cofino is a spoken word poet/artist-activist from Mamaroneck, New York. She is also a Masters Candidate at New York University, where she is studying LGBTQ Studies, Creative Writing and Social Justice. She performs her original poetry at universities, high schools, cafes, and conferences on issues related to sexuality, gender identity, queer history, homophobia and transphobia. She has also produced her full-length play, OUT IN THE OPEN: Stories of Queer Oppression and Empowerment, Off-Broadway at the Barrow Group Theatre in NYC and in high schools and colleges in the United States. For more information on this project, you can visit www.OutintheOpenShow.com.
In Andy’s own words
Every day is a new opportunity to connect with others and, in solidarity, end oppression in its many forms. I’m thrilled to be a part of such an incredible group of people who are working from the ground up to make change possible and create a more loving and safe world for everyone — including lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and affirming folks.
|Tatiana Johnson||New York||$20||On behalf of the amazing Andy Cofino!|
|Jonathan Spurny||Arizona||$20||Anything for Andy!|
|Leslie Grinner||California||$20||I believe in you, Andy! I continue to be inspired by your commitment to educate the masses, advocate for LGBTQQIAH communities, and eradicate oppression!! I love you, Sister!! Yours in Struggle, Grinner|
|Erin Burrows||New York||$20||In endless support and solidarity! For those with hearts big enough to face hatred with non-violent direct action, I tip my queer hat in your direction. (special affection and love for Andy who will be missed much during this ride!)|
|Kimberly Egge||New York||$50||On behalf of Andy Cofino!!!! Amazing!|
|Karen & Ed Cofino||New York||$50||Our daughter is part of this tour & we are so proud of her!!|
|Danny Giaccio||New York||$20||Andy Cofino has moved me to tears on multiple occasions. I hope she has the same affect on the rest of America. Best of luck Andy!|
|Teresa Fischer||New York||$30||Thanks Andrea for using your amazing talent to help make the world a better place!|
|Christine Lividini||New York||$10||On behalf of a great cousin ..Love you Drea! Good Luck.|
|Arnella Hennig||Oregon||$25||Andy, No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Thank you. Arnella|
|Erin Gaffney||Connecticut||$50||anything for change! Keep up the good work!|
|Brian Murphy||Maryland||$15||I’m so excited to know that you are part of this ride. You will boldly and courageously speak truth to power in places where it is needed most, and you will be a healing voice to so many looking to love themselves and their friends.
Go change the world!
|David Morgan||New York||$20||wow! Go Andy!|
|Jeffrey Leeds||New York||$25||In Honor of Andy Cofino. Support Gay Youth.|
|Branden Torres||New York||$10||Best of Luck! So proud of you!|
|Anonymous||South Carolina||$10||Much love and pride, Andy.|
|Rochelle Provenzano||New York||$10||In Honor of All those who stand up for their beliefs. Andy: Every day you wake up you are making a difference. You do beautiful things and I am so glad you are in my life.|
|Dave King||New York||$50||On behalf of Andy Cofino|
|Jeffrey Wolpert||New York||$25||I support you Andy! Always|
|Lorendra Pinder||New York||$10||Here’s to the continued inspiration and earth shakin’! Get it Andy!|
|Steve McIntyre and Chuck Phelan||California||$50|
|Aaron Aanenson||New York||$50||This is an amazing organization Andy! Your work inspires me and everyone else that you touch. You are changing the world.|
|Roberto Chavez||New York||$10||You and your colleagues are going to touch many lives and will give hope to many LGBTQ people. Stay strong, be safe, and keep writing amazing poetry. Thank you Andy!|
|Mary Lobb||New York||$10||I believe in this project. Thank you for all the brave, communicative and peaceful work you are doing. So proud of you Andy!!|
|Michael Witsch||New York||$100||Andy – You make our community proud!|
|Bill Carpenter||Florida||$50||Thanks for being on the Bus! It wouldn’t be the same without YOU!|
|Jacqueline Berg||New York||$40||For seven years I’ve been proud of Andy’s relentless devotion to positive change in the world. Her NYC family is so excited to see what this journey has in store for the community.|