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Newsroom > STRAIGHT INTO GAY AMERICA. Press Release

Lars Clausen
Holden Village, HC00-Stop2

Chelan, WA, 98816


February 14, 2005
For immediate release:


STRAIGHT INTO GAY AMERICA is the goal of of a unique unicycle tour this summer.  After setting long-distance Guinness World unicycling records on his 2002 ride through all 50 states, Lars Clausen (43) is hitting the road again this summer to honor a question.  WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE GAY IN AMERICA TODAY?  As a straight, ordained clergy ally, Clausen's hope is to pedal beyond the political and religious polarization of our times to uncover everyday stories of day-to-day life.  Based on this experience, he hopes to author his second book, STRAIGHT INTO GAY AMERICA: A Journey Toward Compassion.


This project is a public one and Clausen invites everyone to join the experience and conversation through his website,    Biweekly updates will continue until the beginning of the ride on June 15th .  During the month-long tour he hopes to write every day and post the journey through both web and e-mail updates.  Supporters can sign up to receive e-mail updates, write e-postcards to share word with others, and support the ride with a financial contribution.  Information is also available for Clausen's current book, ONE WHEEL - MANY SPOKES: USA by Unicycle.


"In these highly charged times," says Clausen, "it feels right to ride in search of stories and experiences."  When Clausen unicycled across the United States he discovered amazing hospitality and compassion, even from complete strangers.  He's banking that out beyond the far edges of our religious and political sparring, he'll continue to find a generosity of spirit in the everyday stories of everyday people.



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