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Grandy arrested during Equality Ride stop at Military Academy

By |2006-05-04T09:00:00-04:00May 4th, 2006|News|

By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman

WEST POINT – Triangle Foundation Board of Trustees member Chad Grandy was among 21 gay human rights activists who were detained at the U.S. Military Academy and issued federal citations April 26 while protesting the exclusionary anti-gay policy at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.
The academy was the last stop on the Equality Ride’s 20-stop, cross-country tour of conservative Christian and military colleges that have policies which discriminate against LGBT students.
Equality Riders have faced charges for protests at five of the campuses. Ten were handcuffed and charged with disorderly conduct after demonstrating April 14 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“It was a real fulfilling experience. I wasn’t really afraid; it felt like something I should be doing,” said Grandy of the arrest. According to Grandy, Soulforce will pay fees for all of the Riders arrested at various stops.
As for the Equality Ride itself, Grandy said, “I feel the ride was a complete success. It’s the first of many projects from Soulforce – there will be a ride next year with two buses. I was happy to be a part of the first one.”
For more information on the Equality Ride, see “Equality Riders speak truth to hatred,” online at For more information or to make a donation to the Equality Ride visit
Additional reporting provided by The Associated Press

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