Alex Blaze

Indiana welcomes the Soulforce Equality Riders

Filed By Alex Blaze | March 08, 2007 11:31 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Equality Ride, Notre Dame, soulforce

From their press release:

As the Riders on the eastbound bus were meeting with students and administrators on the Dordt College campus, the Riders on the westbound bus were supporting gay students at Notre Dame who attempted to speak publicly about their experiences in the cafeteria of the Student Center. One Notre Dame freshman, Eddie Velasquez, was announcing further opportunities for dialogue with the Equality Riders when an administration official approached him and attempted to escort him away. Velasquez was approached by the campus police and his information was taken down; repercussions for him and the other students are currently unknown. Six of the Equality Riders were issued trespassing warnings by Notre Dame campus police.
My mother wanted me to go to Notre Dame, because it's a good Catholic school that's not too far from home. Well, when I found out that the Princeton Review named it the second most homophobic school that year, I decided against even applying. I know those rankings are hardly accurate, but to get the award of second most homophobic, you have to do something to earn that.

But if you're in South Bend you should read this:

At 10 am on Friday, March 9, the riders will hold a second press conference at the main gate of Notre Dame (intersection of Notre Dame Ave. and Angela/Edison). Directly after the press conference, the riders and students will present a wreath to the Tom Dooley Statue located on campus. Tom Dooley was a gay military hero who was discharged under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. At the statue, riders will hold a vigil and partake in the St. Francis prayer and song. Many of the riders who have been issued trespassing warnings will be taking part in this ceremony. Arrests are likely.
That's pretty hardcore.

h/t to Pam Spaulding

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