Celebrating 15 Years of Soulforce: ‘Like Giant Twinkies on a Mission’: Remembering the 2007 Equality Ride

EqualityRide 07 candlelight The 15 for 15 campaign continues, celebrating 15 years of Soulforce activism. So far we have raised more than $8000 toward our goal of $15,000 by the end of Pride Month! Please donate here: http://soulforce.com/donate. 2006-2007 were banner years for Soulforce. The first Equality Ride was followed by the 1000 Watt March, Vigil, and Concert at Focus on the Family in July, 2006. The fall saw the Right to Serve campaign, which challenged the military’s Read More

Celebrating 15 Years of Soulforce: Remembering the First Equality Ride in 2006

2014-06-24 05.36.33 pm The 15 for 15 campaign continues, celebrating 15 years of Soulforce activism. So far we have raised more than $8000 toward our goal of $15,000 by the end of Pride Month! Please donate here: http://soulforce.com/donate. The first Equality Ride in 2006 took 36 young adults to 19 colleges and universities that practiced open discrimination against LGBTQ students. There have been four subsequent Rides, with the last being in 2012. This year and next, Soulforce will Read More

Celebrating 15 Years of Soulforce: Remembering the May Day Protest of Focus on the Family in 2005

Covered Sign The 15 for 15 campaign continues, celebrating 15 years of Soulforce activism. So far we have raised more than $4645 toward our goal of $15,000 by the end of Pride Month! Please donate here: http://soulforce.com/donate. Soulforce’s first major action confronting Focus on the Family about their misuse of religion and psychological research to condemn LGBTQ people took place on May 1 and 2, 2005. About 1,000 people showed up at the May 1 rally, including Read More

Celebrating 15 Years of Soulforce: Remembering the Rollercoaster Year of 2004

2004 Collage The 15 for 15 campaign continues, celebrating 15 years of Soulforce activism. So far we have raised more than $4645 toward our goal of $15,000 by the end of Pride Month! Please donate here: http://soulforce.com/donate. We have the witness of history that teaches us that social and progressive change has always occurred because of the groaning, pushing, and striving of a minority, never the majority; of the oppressed, never the oppressor. – Jimmy Creech 2004 was Read More

Celebrating 15 Years: Soulforce Activists Meet Compassionate Judge During Trial in 2003 for Interrupting U.S. Bishops Meeting

Kara and Ken No Caption Remembering three brave Soulforce Activists who risked jail time for interrupting the United States Council of Catholic Bishops’ meeting, and a compassionate judge’s response; the 15 for 15 campaign continues, celebrating 15 years of Soulforce activism. So far we have raised more than $4645 toward our goal of $15,000 by the end of Pride Month! Please donate here: http://soulforce.com/donate. Soulforce Volunteers Convicted for Interruption at United States Council of Catholic Bishops, but Sentences Suspended by Read More

Celebrating 15 Years: Soulforce Volunteers Arrested at Southern Baptist Convention in 2002

Saint Louis 2002-1 Remembering Soulforce’s actions at the 2002 Southern Baptist Convention in Saint Louis, our 15 for 15 campaign continues, celebrating 15 years of Soulforce activism. So far we have raised more than $1800 toward our goal of $15,000 by the end of Pride Month! Please donate here: http://soulforce.com/donate. 12 Soulforce Supporters Take Pro-Gay Message to Southern Baptist Convention Inside the America’s Center “June 11, 2002: Twelve nonviolent protesters were arrested today when they took their message Read More

Celebrating 15 Years: Soulforce’s Vigil at the Vatican in 2001

Mel at Vatican Our 15 for 15 campaign continues, celebrating 15 years of Soulforce activism. So far we have raised more than $1800 toward our goal of $15,000 by the end of Pride Month! Please donate here: http://soulforce.com/donate. And remember with us Soulforce’s vigil at the Vatican in 2001: “January 6, 2001: Today, the Feast of the Epiphany, the Pope solemnly closed the Jubilee Door to St. Peter’s which will not be opened again for another 25 years. Read More

Richard Lindsay and Fred Toh’s Letter to the Louisiana Family Forum

Rick-FredWedding Photo This open letter is part of a Soulforce effort to reach out to statewide family policy councils, which are introducing “religious freedom” laws in the states. Louisiana Family Forum has not yet convinced the state legislature to move on religious freedom legislation. Richard and Fred decided to address a more recent action by the Forum to convince the legislature not to amend the state’s “Crimes Against Nature” statute which is unconstitutional because of the Supreme Read More

Take Action — Contact Family Policy Councils about “Religious Freedom” Bills

FOF Graphic Small Last month, we sent out an e-mail explaining the growing problem of “religious freedom” bills in the states. Laws that would allow wedding businesses and hotel and restaurant owners to refuse service to LGBTQ people under the guise of religion have already been signed into law in Mississippi. Another has been proposed by ballot initiative in Oregon. Legislatures in Kansas, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Arizona have considered or voted for these bills. Read More

How Did So Many ‘Religious Freedom’ Bills Turn Up in the States at Once?

Protest of "religious freedom" bill in Topeka, KS. (Courtesy Planting Peace.) Right-wing organizations and politicians are working feverishly in the states to ban the rights of LGBTQ people under the guise of “religion.” Losing in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion, they want to chip away at our gains. A “religious exemption” law that would allow wedding businesses, hotel and restaurant owners, even public employees like firefighters, police, and EMS workers to refuse service to LGBTQ people has already passed and Read More

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The 12 members of the Board of Directors of Soulforce step up to the volunteer leadership of the organization from many diverse places and out of many different experiences. As part of our commitment to the intersections of justice, the Join Us and Get Involved