|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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J. Mason (who prefers to be called Mason, thank you!) is a Black/Trans/Queer educator and performer based in Philadelphia, PA. Mason has worked with thousands of community members and service providers on the needs of LGBTQ youth and adults in spaces such as church communities, elementary schools, domestic violence shelters, medical agencies, juvenile justice organizations, foster care programs and others. Currently, serving as Co-Director of Soulforce’s 2012 Equality Ride, Mason works to end religious based oppression in addition to his role working with/for LGBTQ youth as the Training Coordinator of the Attic Youth Center’s Bryson Institute. On his off time, he can also be found contributing to various academic and literary publications to keep his mind busy.
In Mason’s own words
For many having a safe place to express their faith as an LGBTQIA person is the difference between life and death. I am participating in Equality Ride to save as many lives as possible.
|Emily Bieber||Pennsylvania||$100||Thank you for doing this great work.|
|Bill Carpenter||Florida||$100||J…your life experience has totally prepared you to be the leader you are! The 2012 Ride is blessed by your brilliance and creativity! You Rock!|
|Michael Supe||Kentucky||$20||My first donation is going to the person with the coolest hair. You rock Mason!!!|
|Delena Williams||Pennsylvania||$50||Mason – Ride on !!! It was great having communion with you @ MCCP! Be safe, see you when you get back home.|
|Anonymous||Pennsylvania||$100||Miss you, Mason!|
|Tommy Atz||Pennsylvania||$25||On behalf of Tommy Atz. Mason, the 2012 Riders are so lucky to have you at the helm! The folks you are about to meet are so lucky to have your heart embracing them. I am so lucky to know you and will be thinking about you every day of this world changing journey.|
|Steve McIntyre and Chuck Phelan||California||$50|
|Jason Ford||Maryland||$25||MASON!!!! So proud of you and the 2012 ER!! Having been a part of the 2007 RTM NYC team, I know the hard work you and the team are putting in. I’m so proud of all of you, and wish nothing but the best for the ride! GO KNIGHTS!!!|
|Fred Wolfe||Pennsylvania||$50||Mason, you are a wonderful child of God. We will miss you very much at camp this year. Thank you for the powerful witness you are being as a queer person of great faith! Blessings on your journey.|
|Michelle Agostini||District of Columbia||$25||In Honor of Baby Mason. Keep it fresh baby mason!|