|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 Hit the Road campaign virtual rider pages like this one helps to make the Soulforce Equality Ride possible. Visit www.equalityride.com to learn more or set up your own virtual rider page! Apply to Hit The Road here!|
I was raised in a conservative Christian home, graduated from a well-known Christian college in the upper midwest in 1973, and then received my doctorate in psychology from a Christian program of psychology and theology located in Southern CA in 1983. I was never able to be open or out during those years. It took many years of therapy, the courage of early Christian psychologists and ministers and the support of Evangelicals Concerned for me to find my way to wholeness, self-acceptance, and the truth about who I am.
In John’s own words
I am ready to give back now and offer what I can to empower the youth of today to bring this message to the Christian colleges and universities that still operate in darkness and oppression and create harmful and discriminatory atmospheres for gay youth based on mis-interpretations of scripture and pure and simple bias and homophobia. I am committed to bringing the message to all GLBT youth that ‘you are NOT separate from your creator, and ALL of us are God’s children and part of the family of God.’ And, I want to be a part of the movement that ends discriminatory and destructive policies and practices in our educational institutions. It’s time to study, learn, open our hearts, wake up to who we are as individuals and as a community, and send the message of inclusion and acceptance!
|Leonard L. Roy, Jr.||Atlanta, GA|
|Winston Johnson||Atlanta, GA|
|Kerry Patton||Atlanta, GA|
|David Musser||Palatine, IL|
|Peter Hiatt||Seattle, WA|