TV Host Southworth Spins For Equality

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Life rolls on for Azariah Southworth.

Southworth became a very public figure in April after he came out of the closet, a brave move for the host of a Christian kid’s show. Though life’s been hectic over the past few months, this Nashville-based boy remains committed to the Bible and is proving it by joining Soulforce Q on a six-week tour across the United States.

Southworth gushes:

I’m so excited to be a part of a passionate and young group, working towards equal rights for GLBT students at these Christian colleges. It will be a life changing experience for me, I’m excited to learn each of their stories. I know we will be greeted with hostility at some campuses and arrested if we enter onto their property, but it will be worth it. Their policies of discrimination must end. I’m excited to be a part of something which is beginning the end of these policies.


Soulforce, for those of you who don’t know, is a gang of roving, religious gays who visit homophobic universities to open dialogue on discrimination. And, hopefully, give a human face to the homos. Jesus, we’re sure, would approve. He loved a good college tour.

Here’s the full press release:
Christian TV Host Joins Equality Ride for Gays

Recently ‘outed’ Azariah Southworth invited to join Equality Ride this Fall

Nashville, TN (July 2, 2008) – Azariah Southworth, recently outed Christian TV host of a popular Christian program joins Soulforce on their annual Equality Ride this fall.

Southworth comments, “I’m so excited to be a part of a passionate and young group, working towards equal rights for GLBT students at these Christian colleges. It will be a life changing experience for me, I’m excited to learn each of their stories. I know we will be greeted with hostility at some campuses and arrested if we enter onto their property, but it will be worth it. Their policies of discrimination must end. I’m excited to be a part of something which is beginning the end of these policies.”

Equality Ride is a annual six week tour with GLBT and straight students who peacefully protest. The “Riders” offer Christian college’s that expel students and fire staff for being gay open dialogue to discuss the issue of homosexuality and the Bible, many colleges decline to participate.

Azariah Southworth has already had a year full of life changing experiences. Southworth hosted a popular Christian TV show until coming out to the media as gay on April 16, 2008. After his ‘coming out’ made national news on Fox News, HuffingtonPost.com, PerezHilton.com and many others, Southworth was diagnosed with a rare tumor a month later.

“It has definitely been a very challenging time in my life. Dealing with the attention of ‘coming out’, new projects, speaking engagements, the tumor, moving to L.A., etc. I’m ready now to do something worthwhile and exciting like, Equality Ride.” says Southworth.

For more information on the Equality Ride visit, www.equalityride.com.