Straight Allies for LGBT Equality
The Bike for Equality team, Chris Linville and Justin Snider, are straight allies and passionate activists from Dallas, Texas who are cycling cross-country to promote awareness of the issues surrounding the fight for full equality for LGBT Americans and their families. We are cycling as a part of the Human Rights Campaign’s “Athletes for Equality” program.
What is a Straight Ally?
A straight ally is someone who is not lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) but personally advocates for LGBT equal rights and fair treatment. Straight allies are some of the most effective and powerful advocates for the LGBT movement. These allies have proven invaluable personally and politically, and are increasingly important in the fight for LGBT equality. Indeed, their voices often have been heard while those of LGBT people have been ignored.
An Epic Cycling Journey Across America
Bike for Equality (BFE) is a 5,000 mile Transcontinental USA bicycle ride beginning in March 2011 promoting the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights throughout the United States. BFE seeks to mobilize LGBT citizens and their straight allies to confront ongoing discriminatory laws and practices while encouraging environmental stewardship by our community. BFE uses long-distance cycling to empower all Americans to participate in the gay civil rights and environmental movements. BFE raises funds to assist pro-equality organizations in their continued efforts to support the LGBT community.
Raising $100,000 for HRC
Proceeds from Bike for Equality’s November 2010 Texas Ride and the 5,000 mile 2011 Transcontinental USA Ride will benefit the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. HRC represents a grassroots network of over 750,000 members and supporters nationwide all working to end discrimination against LGBT citizens.