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
 

Arrests Made on Notre Dame Campus; Young Adult Activists Taken Into Custody

Equality Riders on a Mission to End Religion-Based Discrimination

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SOULFORCE PRESS RELEASE: March 9, 2007
For Immediate Release
Contact: Brandon Kneefel, West Bus Media Director
Cell: 612-715-6138, brandon@equalityride.com
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(South Bend, IN) — Six young adults were arrested today for walking onto the Notre Dame campus in a show of support for gay and lesbian equality. The arrestees are members of the Soulforce Equality Ride, a nationwide mission of 50 gay and straight youth leaders who seek to address religion-based discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students on anti-gay college campuses.

The six Soulforce members were joined by two Notre Dame students, Eddie Velazquez and a graduate theology student who requested anonymity, as they walked two by two carrying flowered wreaths intended for the site of the Tom Dooley memorial statue, a gay alumnus of Notre Dame who served in silence as a doctor in the Navy.

On Thursday, Notre Dame campus police issued trespass warnings to two Equality Riders for speaking with students in the cafeteria. Those Riders were the first arrested today for misdemeanor criminal trespassing. The other four Soulforce members were given written citations and then arrested on the same charges after attempting to continue the walk. Velazquez and the graduate student received an "official summons subject to immediate suspension" from campus officials. They were able to deliver one of the three wreaths to the Dooley memorial site.

"As a gay Catholic man who was once in seminary, I walked onto Notre Dame today to help make my church a universal church. I did as Jesus Christ did and went all the way for love," said Rider Delfin Bautista who helped organize the stop in South Bend. The twenty-five Soulforce Equality Riders will continue to outreach to the local South Bend, Indiana, community with a film screening of "In Good Conscience," the story of a Catholic nun who struggles with the Vatican for gay and lesbian equality.

Those arrested today include: Haven Herrin, Delfin Bautista, Jess Kalup, Kelsey Pacha, Dan Seda, and Mike Cramer. They were released within hours with a ticket to appear in court at a later date.

For two years, Notre Dame has remained at the top of a list of least gay-friendly schools according to a Princeton Review survey of students at the college. AllianceND, an LGBT student group, has been denied official status as a student organization. Official student organizations may not be in conflict with the teachings of the Catholic church, which holds that homosexual orientation is "a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil."

The Soulforce Equality Ride will continue their 32-school journey at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, WI on March 12. The school has agreed to a limited off-campus meeting but has yet to welcome the Soulforce Equality Ride for discussion of faith and gay and lesbian issues and may arrest Riders for walking on campus.


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 www.soulforce.org or www.equalityride.com.

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