Richard Noble on the Mississippi border April 13, 2012 (Photo via Richard Noble)
On Friday, April 13, Richard Noble crossed into Mississippi in his long trek across country to promote full equality with the American Equality Bill. Richard left LA on March 12 on a mission to end homophobia and transphobia by meeting with regular folks, local LGBT groups and politicians to get recognition and support for AEB. Along the way, he was given a new friend for company, his sweet "equality" dog Trinity. You can follow and support Richard on his website Walk Across America or on Facebook.
On Sunday, Richard emailed this note:
The Gulf Stream winds are strong. Trinity and I fighting the wind, sunburns and sand blowing like glass to the skin. We’re determined to get to Beloxi by Wednesday. Summiting resolutions and drafts for proclamations and contacting local media. The south in tough Republican area and I've been surrounded by Ron Paul posters. All I can do is try, speak up for change within the red states, make our presence known and our demand for bipartisan equality support and be as diplomatic as possible.
Richard Noble and Trinity in Miss. (Photo via Richard Noble)
Richard feels distressed at times over not receiving attention from "Gay Inc." but says:
No matter, I feel a great moral obligation at this time to continue to express and make a "suggestion” towards full SO GI equal and civil rights. I am encouraged by the President putting the responsibility back on Congress to do their job rather than fix things with slivers of bandaids. Equality, as you know, we seek with sweeping federal law.
Richard Noble and Pass Christian Mayor Leo "Chipper" McDermott (Photo via Richard Noble)
That day, Richard met with Pass Christian Mayor Leo "Chipper" McDermott. Richard wrote:
We talked about drilling in the Gulf which he favors and said kids that bully, well, should get their butt kicked, in “no certain terms.” The southern passion came right on through and it left me with the impression he’s definitely not for these kids who pick on other kids. I’d say he’s definitely on the right side of the issue like the rest of us.
Equality Dog Trinity (Photo via Richard Noble)
Meanwhile, walking along a hot highway 90, he wrote:
Trinity has marched now over 500 miles for equality. Recovered well from the attack she went through after running amuck in Texas and found by publishing her picture in a local newspaper. Her spirits are great and she’s happy to be of service.
Trinity has found her love, beaches in Pass Christian along the Gulf of Mexico. Trinity Dog loves her swim. Now that she’s Equality Dog public figure I keep a close eye on her heading into Beloxi where we’re submitting another SO GI Civil Rights Proclamation. I’ll be careful. So far so good. Nothing like campaigning to turn a red state blue. Katrina hit hard in this area. Bullying a huge problem and schools unable to deal with it. Lack of incentive, I’m certain.