Photos from the Soulforce Equality Ride West Bus, April 5th, 2007

Photos by Allison Eby and Delfin Bautista

Biblical conversations with students at George Fox University

Central Lutheran welcomes all people

Closing prayer with George Fox University administration, staff, and students

Entrance to George Fox University

Helping at Tryon Life Community Farm

Nonviolence seminar

Organic farming community entrance

Cylest sings for Central Lutheran community

Riders cut weeds at Tryon Life Community Farm

Equality Riders and students at George Fox University

Riders interact with student at George Fox University coffee house

Sign at George Fox University

Students and Riders discuss

Welcoming congregation that hosted the riders for dinner

Photos from the Soulforce Equality Ride West Bus, April 1st – 2nd, 2007

Photos by Allison Eby and Delfin Bautista

Dan performs his monologue

Film festival in Modesto

Fresno Pacific campus building

LGBT center in Modesto welcomed Riders with pizza party

Haven with community member at local church dinner

Jillian with community members

Justin with community members at local church presentation

Matt with community members at dinner at WUMC

Riders eat lunch with Elizabeth Sweringer

Riders eating lunch

Riders were invited for dinner at Wesley United Methodist Church

Riders with bus in Modesto

Riders with community members at park picnic hosted by Pride Center

Riders with Elizabeth Sweringer

Rose garden in Modesto

Signs for hospitality room at Fresno Pacific

Welcome sign at a local church

Photos from the Soulforce Equality Ride West Bus, March 26th – 27th, 2007

Photos by Allison Eby and Delfin Bautista

Emily, Haven, and Kourt approaching the chapel at Pepperdine

A few students at Pepperdine painted this rock that sits on campus as a welcome

Wick stands with some members of the Pepperdine GLEE club that hopes to gain official recognition at their school

Giving a presentation at Pepperdine

Students and riders at Pepperdine prepare to visit the museum of tolerence

Photos from the Soulforce Equality Ride West Bus, March 21st – 22nd, 2007

Photos by Allison Eby and Delfin Bautista

Rally Equality Song

Kourt Osborn in Utah

BYU press conference

Kourt and mom arrested

Morning sun in Provo, Utah

Prayer in front of BYU

BYU press conference

BYU rally

Group photo at BYU

Kourt and mom

Photos from the Soulforce Equality Ride West Bus, March 15th – 16th, 2007

Photos by Allison Eby and Delfin Bautista

Riders at Tulip on Troost

Riders shoveling for tulip planting

Working on the postcards to send out

Riders shovel dirt with a new friend

Riders and bus driver shovel for Tulips on Troost

Riders at a rest stop on way to Kansas City

Riders participate in service activity picking up trash for Tulips on Troost

Riders pick up trash around the neighborhood

Riders prepare fundraiser containers for Tulips on Troost

Soulforce Equality Ride Reaches Students at Wisconsin Lutheran

Administration Shuts Down Dialogue; Eight Are Arrested

For Immediate Release
Contact: Brandon Kneefel, West Bus Media Director
Cell: 612-715-6138,

(Milwaukee, WI) — A group of gay and straight young adults, members of the Soulforce Equality Ride, joined students on campus Tuesday at Wisconsin Lutheran College to talk about gay and lesbian issues and faith. Equality Riders stood with Bibles in hand, offered literature, and attempted to worship in the campus chapel service. The school met this peaceful visit with the decision to press trespassing charges.

The 2007 Soulforce Equality Ride is a national tour to colleges with policies that silence or exclude lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students. The mission of the Equality Ride is to create dialogue about religion-based discrimination.

On Monday, a delegation from the college and seven Equality Riders met in an off-campus location outside Milwaukee to conduct a formal introduction and explore the possibility of a school visit on Tuesday. "The administrators were unsympathetic, but the students were excited to speak with us," said Alexey Bulokhov, Co-Director of the Ride.

"Many of the students bowed their heads, cried, and shifted uncomfortably as the school officials repeatedly condemned us. One brave young woman stepped forward and joined our closing prayer, despite the school officials’ outright refusal to do so."

Pastor Nathan Strobel and other administrators iterated the school’s position that "the homosexual lifestyle" is a sin and that the school disciplines accordingly.

As the introductions took place on Monday, twenty remaining Riders stood vigil in front of the school, singing and praying, for eight hours. Students came off-campus to speak with Riders, talk about the Bible, and pick up pamphlets.

No agreement was reached for an on-campus meeting. As Riders and community members walked onto campus Tuesday, campus security made it clear that they were not welcome. Within an hour, police had arrested six Equality Riders, a local pastor, and another local man. They were charged with trespassing for remaining in vigil at the campus chapel and speaking with students on the campus quad.

Those arrested include: local pastor Wendy Woodruff, local man Ray Vahey, and Equality Riders Emily Van Kley, Allison Eby, Jonathan Hilbrands, Justin Hager, Kourt Osborn, and Emil Pohlig.

Wisconsin Lutheran was the second stop for the Equality Ride’s westbound bus. On Thursday, March 15, the Soulforce Equality Riders will join Kansas City students in planting flowers as part of the Tulips on Troost Project. The service project is the commencement of the Riders’ two-day visit to MidAmerica Nazarene University, which will include forums, presentations, and classroom visits to talk about faith and sexuality. MidAmerica Nazarene University is one of 32 schools, all of which discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, scheduled for the second annual Soulforce Equality Ride this March and April.

Soulforce Q is the young adult division of Soulforce, a social justice organization that works to end political and religious oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. For more information go to or

Photos from the Soulforce Equality Ride West Bus, March 12th – 13th, 2007

Photos by Allison Eby and Delfin Bautista

Riders and community members praying at Wisconsin Lutheran

Riders being stopped by security

The West Bus at Wisconsin Lutheran

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center welcomes the Equality Riders

Photos from the Soulforce Equality Ride West Bus, March 8th, 2007

Photos by Allison Eby and Delfin Bautista

Banners and wreaths at Notre Dame

Holding the banner

Riders walk onto Notre Dame campus

Carrying flowered wreaths intended for the site of the Tom Dooley memorial statue, a gay alumnus of Notre Dame