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Soulforce Equality Ride Announces 2012 Riders; One of 15 from Salt Lake City
Fifth Ride of Nationwide Social Justice Bus Tour Selects Riders to Confront LGBTQ Oppression, Organize Community Outreach
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Today, Soulfource – a non-profit organization committed to the freedom of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people from political and spiritual oppression – announced this year’s Equality Riders, a team of young activists who will embark on a two-month cross-county bus tour. Jason Conner, 27, and J. Mason, 27, will lead the Riders as co-directors during the organization’s fifth tour from Philadelphia to San Francisco to reach out to communities and confront LGBTQ oppression at colleges with discriminatory policies. Robert Moore from Salt Lake City, Utah, along with 14 other advocates, will join Conner and Mason on the 2012 Equality Ride. Raised in a conservative home as a 17th-generation Mormon, Moore was disowned by his family after coming out. He has since vowed to do all he can to can to help ensure the safety and acceptance of LGBTQ youth while he devotes his time to educate people on the hypocrisy of discrimination.
have traveled across the country taking part in actions to promote full equality for LGBTQ people and speaking about being gay while being raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints. I try to connect the two in everything I do as they both are very much a part of who I am. The Equality Ride is the perfect marriage of being able to talk about my two identities and help others who may be struggling with their dual identities or others who have been given outdated or misguided information about their LGBTQ brothers and sisters,” said Moore. Over the past month, the Equality Riders trained in nonviolent resistance and community service in preparation of the tour ahead. Soulforce will announce more details on the 2012 Equality Ride in the coming weeks leading up to the launch on March 4, 2012. To speak with one of the 2012 Soulforce Equality Riders, please contact Heather Cronk at 202-491-7240 or email@example.com. ### Soulforce’s purpose is freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance. For more information, go to www.equalityride.com or www.soulforce.org. “Like” Soulforce on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/SoulforceOrganization, or follow the organization on Twitter at @soulforceorg.