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Gay, lesbian advocates protest at Mississippi College

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CLINTON, MS (WLBT) - Gay and lesbian advocates converged on Mississippi College in hopes of changing school policies.

The Soulforce Q Equality Ride, a youth organized bus tour, is visiting faith-based colleges across the country.

Wednesday they gathered in front of Mississippi College in Clinton, singing, chanting and holding up signs.

The group also made a stop at Belhaven University.

It targets schools that they said discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students.

"We've engaged in conversation with the administration about how to make Mississippi College more inclusive. Unfortunately they haven't allowed us on campus to have dialogue with students. So we're here on a vigil line letting students come down and talk to us and we've been very successful throughout the day and have had a lot of students come talk to us," said Soulforce Q Equality Ride Spokesman Jason Conner.

"Every year we've actually met with the riders off campus. I have personally talked to them about the issues to work through their concerns. We just are not gonna allow an outside group on our campus to set their agenda for our school," said Mississippi College Vice President of Christian Development Dr. Eric Pratt.

Twenty-five Equality Riders were traveling on the bus.

Belhaven and Mississippi College were the eighth and ninth stops of a 15 school tour.

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