The Interrobang’s own Kristen Becker is gearing up for “Loosen the Bible Belt: A Tour for Humanity,” a road trip against hate that will take her in a vegetable-oil powered tour bus from Buffalo, NY, to New Orleans in May, and was featured in a story about her tour in Advocate Magazine.
Becker, a stand-up comedian and out-and-proud lesbian, said she will be traveling with Jay Bakker, the son of Jim and Tammy Fay Bakker, an author and punk-rock theologian who co-founded the progressive Revolution Church in 1994. Becker and Bakker will be joined by comedian Dwayne Duke, singer Sarah Rose Marie, and the band The Heavenly Chillbillies on a tour designed to promote religious tolerance, understanding , and acceptance through comedy, music, and spoken word.
Filmmakers will document the tour and help spread the word about their mission.
“We are gay, straight, atheist, Christian, agnostic, white, black, and everything in between,” Becker wrote in an article in The Advocate. “We will shine a light for the sane, moderate humans to flock to, and to provide love and compassion as well as donations back to local organizations doing good work.” A Kickstarter campaign to help fund the tour is under way if you’d like to support.
“The tricky part about oppression when it comes to housing, employment, and public accommodations is that speaking up for yourself can cost you your house or job,” she said in the Advocate piece. “It’s hard for businesses to sponsor something that promotes acceptance if their local church will then make that business a target.”
“The Loosen the Bible Belt Tour” is scheduled to kick off on May 12 at Babeville (the performance center established by Ani DiFranco) in Buffalo. Other announced dates include May 13 in Roanoke, Virginia; May 14 in Greenville, South Carolina; May 15 in Atlanta or Athens, Georgia; May 19 in Montgomery, Alabama; May 20 in Huntsville, Alabama; May 21 in Birmingham, Alabama, or Memphis, Tennessee, and May 22 in New Orleans.