|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!|
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Rev. Dr. Julie Nemecek
The Rev. Dr. Julie Nemecek is one of Michigan’s leading voices on transgender issues. She has spoken on university and college campuses, churches, and even the occasional high school campus. She also consults with community groups, churches, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies.
Dr. Nemecek serves on the national boards of Soulforce and PFLAG as well as the board of Jackson PFLAG. She is also on the advisory board of Trans Youth Family Allies (TYFA) and an ex-officio member of the City of Jackson Human Relations Commission.
Julie has been married to Joanne for 39 years. She has three sons, four grandsons and one granddaughter. She has delivered a baby; climbed a mountain; gone spelunking; parachuted from a plane; cooked a 12-course dinner for six; shot a 78 in golf; traveled internationally to England, France, Ireland, India, Italy, Mexico, and Switzerland; visited 48 U.S. states.
In The Rev. Dr. Julie Nemecek’s own words
Changing hearts and minds comes best when people are confronted with the in-person stories of real LGBTQ people an allies. Soulforce challenges oppressive religious and political beliefs with a powerful speaking-the-truth in love approach.
|Chuck Phelan & Steve McIntyre||California||$100||Julie – you are our hero – thanks for “Hitting the Road” for the 2012 Equality Ride!|