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Building Bridges of Solidarity

On Saturday April 9th, student-athletes at Pomona College in Southern California hosted a solidarity action at their 30th annual Pomona Pitzer Track and Field Invitational where 47 schools were participating in the day’s meets. Present among the at least 10 religious schools that day were Cal Baptist (where a transgender student was expelled in 2011 and the judge ruled in favor of the school), Pepperdine University (currently in a Title IX lawsuit over the harassment of two lesbian basketball players), and Fresno Pacific University (who got their Title IX exemption from regulations related to gender identity last year) just to name a few. Ellen and Jordan, organizers of the action, wrote ab

Building a Launchpad, Not a Nest

At one of the high profile Christian schools we traveled to on the Beyond Equality Ride this March, we had an under-the-table meeting with university administrators about the potential impact of leaning into the National College Athletics Association (NCAA) to respond to, or, in our dream world, divest from religious campuses that maintain anti-LGBTQI policies. The most recent wave of bad policies particularly target the transgender community, a reaction to both the end of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and a 2014 White House order to extend Title IX protections to trans students on campus. But most of these schools have had gender normative and heteropatriarchal policies since... wel

Shifting the Ground We Walk On

Lately mainstream media outlets have been especially tuned into news about the religious freedom bills creeping through the South where I was just a little over a week ago with the Beyond Equality Ride, challenging spiritual violence and LGBTQI oppression at the source on Christian college campuses. In a matter of seventeen days, we criss-crossed five states to meet with students and administration at various schools to discuss the current climate on their campuses, gather information about needed resources, and offer support however we can. I still find myself processing a lot of the events and emotions of the Ride, but one thing I’ve been reflecting on is how to piece together the narrativ

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