Name: Jaxon Blayke Lindars
Hometown: Plano, TX
As a Queer Transgender student from a conservative Baptist university I have felt religious oppression first hand. I spent the majority of my time at Oklahoma Baptist University on disciplinary probation due to LGBT related issues. I came out of the closet my sophomore year of college, one semester before the first Equality Ride showed up on my college campus.
Growing up, I held the same oppressive beliefs that I am now standing up against. When I came out, I didn’t know how I was going to join these two seemingly contradicting identities, but thanks to the Riders, I realized I could be both queer and Christian. I waited until after graduation to transition because of fear that I would be kicked out if I started earlier. Since transitioning I have been kicked out of a church and told that I was damned to hell. No one should experience this kind of oppression due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Equality Rides changed my life. I am glad that I now have the opportunity to be a part of the Ride and pass along the positive impact I felt to other students and people along this journey.
Jaxon has been sponsored a total amount of $.