|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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Salt Lake City, UT
Robert grew up in a conservative multi-generational Mormon household. When his family found out that he was gay, he was kicked out and disowned. Robert took what little money and clothing he had and bought a Greyhound bus ticket to Portland, Oregon.
“My first night sleeping on the street was very cold and rainy. On my second night in an effort to try to sleep indoors out of the cold put me in a situation that ended with me being raped. A few days later I found a shelter for homeless youth. In the following months the shelter helped me find a paid internship and permanent housing. After 3 months I finally had a job, my own apartment and most importantly a safe place to sleep at night.”
Since the passage of Proposition 8 in California Robert has traveled the country fighting for Full Federal Equality. He has shared his personal story, worked with faith groups and equality organizations, and even planned and/or participated in direct action and civil disobedience.
For the past three years Robert has also been on the Executive Committee of Affirmation: Gay & Lesbian Mormons. His focuses in Affirmation have been young adults, suicide and homelessness prevention, outreach, advocacy and membership. Robert currently serves that organization as the Assistant Vice President.
In Robert’s own words
I hope to help make a difference and Make it Better for all the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Intersex, Pansexual, Asexual, and so on… youth of today and all the ones to come after I have left this earth. I can’t think of a better way then by joining as a rider in Soulforce’s 2012 Equality Ride.
|Hugo & John-Charles Duffy||Ohio||$25||We stand in support of our friend Robert. LGBT discrimination is inspired by fear and ignorance–not by Jesus’s teachings.|
|Gary & Millie Watts||Utah||$20||Go, Robert, Go!|
|Billy Bradford||California||$50||GO ROBERT!|
|David Melson||Maryland||$100||The Soulforce Ride is enormously important and Robert Moore is the best example of what this event is all about.|
|Jake Goodman||New York||$50||Robert, you do such great work. Thank you for so tirelessly fighting for all of our equality!|
|Kevin Donohue||New York||$50||I can’t think of a better person to participate in SoulForce – Robert makes a positive and profound impact on every life he touches.|
|Isaac Lomeli||California||$20||You are my friend and I honor the good you are trying to do. Keep it up until the last amen.|
|Ellen Sturtz||California||$36||Best wishes, Robert, and thank you for all you do.|
|Anonymous||Virginia||$100||Robert, thank you so much for taking the time to be a part of this project and for being a voice for those who cannot speak.|
|John & Dottie Behn||Utah||$50||Robert: Equality and understanding comes only from greater communication and dialogue concerning those things we fear – and GLTBQ issues are at the top of the fear list for many. Know that there are many who are proud of your sacrifices to impart greater understanding. Go forth with faith and courage.|
|Steve McIntyre and Chuck Phelan||California||$50|
|Justin Barnett||Georgia||$50||Robert, you are truly an amazing soul!! It was a wonderful blessing and honor for me to meet you in Athens, GA. Thanks for all you do!!|
|Connell O’Donovan||Utah||$50||Stay strong!|
|Bill Carpenter||Florida||$50||Hey Robert…hope you’re having some fun along the way! It’s hard work, no doubt – but it’s fun too! Peace – Bill|
|John & Don Loetterle & Lindman||Texas||$25||Thanks for being part of our family in Texas. It was a real pleasure to have you here.|
|Marian Edmonds||Utah||$20||Thank you, Robert, for Riding for all of us in Utah! We salute your commitment and courage! Ogden OUTreach is following your progress, and cheering you on!|