Today, somewhere in Arizona, four people are on their bikes fighting for a cause. Erin Hansen, Nora Hirozawa, Jesse Montgomery, and Max Rivlin-Nadler have been biking across the country to raise money and awareness for the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SLRP), a New York City-based, non-profit, collective organization that works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing any negative consequences.
SLRP was founded over ten years ago to help provide people of color and low-income with basic needs. This included administering free legal services, training, education and advocacy to help transgender and gender non-conforming people. Now, the four devoted bicyclists who make up the "Brazen Saddles" are trying to raise money so the SLRP can continue to protect and empower people who they believe are not adequately protected by current systems.
The ultimate monetary goal of the bike trip is $20,000, which is achievable through donations made to the organization. All contributions are appreciated, even if it is just a few dollars. More details of methods and modes of payment are available on the SLRP website. The bicyclists write:
Any amount you can give will make a huge difference in allowing this movement to continue growing, and will provide motivational fuel for us as we make our way across the country.
Check out some of the awesome photos that appear on the Brazen Saddles' Tumblr page:
We commend the Brazen Saddles for supporting this movement, and encourage others to do so!