How many ATL queers fit on one ‘Magick Bus’?

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Someone is finally in the process of answering the age-old question, “How many Atlanta queers can you squeeze onto one used tour bus?” It’s an idea whose time has come, and activist Lucian Vale is leading a crowdfunding effort to create an LGBT “mobile community hub” called the Magick Cool Bus.

The bus would transport LGBT leaders, artists, thinkers and dreamers outside of their communities to build new skills and experience regional cultures they've never seen before in a safe and affordable way. But this is no queer clown car. This bus is on a mission to change the world for local activists and creative types.

The idea (video above) to purchase and stock the bus came to Vale, a former board member and Community Outreach chair for Atlanta LGBT youth organization JustUsATL, after visiting several other queer communities across the country in recent years. He wants young artists and leaders to get the chance to road trip and experience the same thing.

“Atlanta is a tough place to be creative sometimes, and even a short trip to NOLA or a few days in NYC could really have a fundamental impact, not just for morale, but also to learn how artists and organizers in operate in other areas,” he tells Project Q.

The crowdfunding effort's goal is $5,000, and about $1,700 has been raised by Wednesday. If met, a group of about five to seven people will take turns living on and operating the bus, with an extended community of 12 to 20 southeast LGBT organizers helping to decide the itinerary.

Many of those involved have ties to JustUsATL, so “we'll definitely be collaborating with them on using the bus for transportation to events and conferences that they feel would best support the community,” Vale says. There's also a non-profit currently in the works, with grant applications to come.

So what to say to those worried that this is just some party bus for some guy and his friends? Vale cites his credentials as an organizer and pledges transparency.

“The project is definitely focused on providing opportunities and infrastructure for underprivileged and marginalized communities,” he says. “We're more than happy to share our vision with anyone who is interested in learning more.”

You can follow the adventures of the Magick Cool Bus on FacebookTwitter and Tumblr. Donations are also being accepted.  


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