Walking the walk – Alan Bounveville gets To Texas

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Alan Bounville has been called crazy. Some people in powerful positions have found him to be annoying and challenging. Others have found him to be beautiful and, in his own way, magical. No one has ever called him a coward. Last Fall, we reported the beginning of his mission to walk across the entire United States— from East to West coast, stopping along the way to interact with individuals and groups, to present original performance pieces and to lovingly spread the dream of equality though personal advocacy.

Alan has made it all the way to Texas. He reports that so far he has been met with a surprising amount of goodwill. Camping by the roadside or staying with supporters, he has done presentations for LGBT and community groups at many stops along the way. Alan’s consciousness-raising journey is funded entirely by donations—mostly small ones—through the link given below. The trip has brought him to many places that have never before encountered an out gay person and it has proven over and over again that it is much harder to be prejudiced against someone whom one has come to know. His own words are the best summary of the journey this far: “Thank you for believing in me. 

Thank you for supporting the idea of a person walking across this continent, sharing the dream I have in my heart to live in a world where all of us are treated equally under the law and by our neighbors, based on our gender, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation. 

Thank you for not just your gifts of money, but for every encouraging word you’ve given to me in person, via email, on Facebook, on the walk website, and on the phone. Imagine walking 30+ miles in 100-degrees or 20+ miles in snow or up a mountain pass, and then getting to a place where you can see messages from people rooting you on. Words can’t really express how wonderful support of all kind feels out here. 

Thank you for each step you take towards equality. I’ve heard from so many people since starting this walk. They’ve shared that they are now speaking up on the job, in their family, or in their community about the need for equality—NOW! I’ve had people tell me they now understand why we need a BIG DREAM. And I’ve had TBLG people tell me that after we’ve had a chance to talk, they are no longer comfortable with partial equality measures—they now know in their core that full equality is what is owed to them by their government and society. 

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. 

If you are able to support this walk further with a tax-deductible gift, just know that every dollar you offer has a massive impact. It’s just me walking, but every time I’m able to have a roadside conversation, like I was able to do this week, and see an individual better understand the dream for TBLG people to be equal, that changed heart ripples through a small town. And together, those ripples create a tsunami of change.’ 

Donation link, share with others: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/contribute/donate/4143

Alan Bounville has been called crazy. Some people in powerful positions have found him to be annoying and challenging. Others have found him to be beautiful and, in his own way, magical. No one has ever called him a coward. Last Fall, we reported the beginning of his mission to walk across the entire United States— from East to West coast, stopping along the way to interact with individuals and groups, to present original performance pieces and to lovingly spread the dream of equality though personal advocacy.