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Darren Arquero

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In spring 2010, Darren took to the road with 24 other students selected for Soulforce's Equality Ride.  The ride tours college campuses across the United States, opening dialogue about the relationship between faith and sexuality.

As Darren puts it, "the Equality Ride epitomizes the type of activism that I believe works best - creating change on the local level. ... While blessed to have had emotional support from close friends and family members in my coming out process, which has only continued with amazing mentors in the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University, there are still many other young people who have not been as fortunate. Because the Equality Ride symbolizes, for me, the Freedom Rides of the 1960s, this is an opportunity that enables me to put my name to something that I am passionate about but that isn't accepted by society's norms."

Darren came to the Equality Ride with a lot to talk about.  In 2009, he participated in the CSWGS Seminar and Practicum, collaborating with Equality Texas to research bullying in schools.  His project, "Safe Schools Initiative and LGBT Students in the Houston Independent School District," generated interest from several organizations in Houston, including the Houston Independent School District, Rice University Police Department, and the Houston GLBT Political Caucus.

To learn more about Darren's participation with the Center during his time at Rice, check out the following stories:
Darren Arquero Wins Rice Commencement Award
Darren Arquero, In His Own Words

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