Equality Riders Challenge Campus Homophobia

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On April 25th at 7:00 p.m., I arrived at the Hasted-Hunt Gallery in New York City’s gay ghetto, Chelsea, where a robust reception for the youthful participants of Soulforce’s Equality Ride was being held. The Equality Riders, some of whom have been the victims of hate crimes and expelled from Christian colleges because of their sexual orientation, are a bold band of young activists who have traveled across the country visiting some of the most virulent hotbeds of religious conservatism, Christian universities, to help end religious-based discrimination. Among the sixteen universities that the 33 riders visited on their journey, from March 5 through April 26, were Pat Robertson’s Regent University and Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University.

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