Female Reverend to head Soulforce
- Female Reverend to Head Soulforce
by Kilian Melloy
Monday Apr 12, 2010
GLBT advocacy group Soulforce is set to gain a new Executive Director, Rev.
Dr. Cindi Love, who will assume her new position as of April 22.
Soulforce was founded in 1998 by the Rev. Mel White. A
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_white> Wikipedia article on White recounts
that he spent three decades as a force in the evangelical movement,
ghost-writing speeches for the likes of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, two
infamously anti-gay evangelical leaders. However, following a series of
attempts to "convert" to heterosexuality--including electroshock and even
exorcism--White finally came out as gay in 1994, the year he wrote his
memoir Stranger At the Gat: To Be Gay and Christian in America.
Soulforce is meant to engage anti-gay leaders and institutions in dialogue,
and to advocate for the GLBT community in the face of religious and
political persecution. To that end, Soulforce conducts "Equality Rides,"
annual tours in which activists are bussed to universities and colleges with
anti-gay policies. In some instances, the so-called Equality Riders are
greeted amicably and allowed to meet with students and administrators; in
other cases, they are arrested for trespassing if they so much as set foot
on the campus. One of the tenets of the Equality Ride is that those who
participate are willing to engage in non-violent civil disobedience.
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