The first time I remember it happening was the (first) OJ Simpson trial. If something's in the media WAY too much, I get sick of it, and react, and avoid it at all costs. It probably sounds bad, but that's how I am with the election at this point, and for awhile now, most of the posts have been election related in some way or another.
When I first joined, I was pretty sure my views on nonviolence didn't totally mesh with the Soulforce mission, and that caused some weirdness in how (or if) I'd respond to some posts, but...I kind of got over it. If it's with a new person, I include the disclaimer about how I'm no one special connected to soulforce, but here's my take.
Things that might help activity: it IS helpful to have someone on the Rides who can frequent the forums for awhile. Perhaps in the future, some planning ahead can be done; maybe that's a position to be filled? In the meantime, I feel like we've already covered all the basics. Everyone's got their coming out story somewhere in the back-history, everyone's got their history with religion somewhere, I seem to remember talking about Outting, gay movies...it's like we've covered all the "standard fare" that we probably should, so we end up reacting to News.