In October and November 2008, the Equality Ride will take twenty-five young adults to places where survival can mean enduring blatant discrimination. The South has a distinct legacy of political and social conservatism, which further informs LGBT oppression. So, unlike prior years, the 2008 Equality Ride will have a geographic focus in that region. Additionally, we plan to widen the scope of the Ride to reach more denominations. Finally, the diverse lineup will also include several faith-based Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Since 2006, the Ride has been a vehicle for change in lives of thousands of people nationwide, including its eighty alumni. Many now aspire to the ideal of a just world. But, whether a demographic or proportion, it is the role of the minority to inspire that dream and do the work necessary to make it a reality. So, the question is: how far will you go for LGBT equality?
Things to know before applying for the 2008 Soulforce Q Equality Ride:
- All young adults between the ages of 18 and 28 may apply. You are not required to identify with any faith tradition, sexual orientation or gender. As we strive to cultivate a safe, diverse and inclusive community, we encourage young adults who have varying physical abilities, who are of racial and ethnic minorities, and are gender non-conforming to apply.
- While on the Equality Ride, Soulforce Q will pay for all travel, lodging, food and official Equality Ride apparel.
- You must be able to be on the road continuously September 24 through November 20, 2008. A mandatory training will be held July 9-15. Reliable access to telephone and internet communication is vital.
- Final Application Deadline is May 9.
To apply for the Equality Ride, simply download the application and e-mail it to Q@soulforce.org
Please, use the subject line “ER08 Application” to give your message priority.