1. DifferingView says

    Bayard Rustin was far more than a right hand man, he was a huge catalyst for many of the insights of King as well as the principal organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. It would humble MANY blacks to know these facts and I share these facts as much as possible because it is important to important what it took to elevate the entire Civil Right Movement for the entire nation.

    I strongly feel that Dr. King would have been an agent for change within the “Woman’s Movement” as well as the “Gay Movement”…

  2. Doug says

    I heard Mrs. King at a Bon Foster luncheon (sponsored by Lambda Legal) several years ago at which she said her husband would definitely be working for LGBT rights if he were still alive. In the absence of Dr. King, I take Mrs. King’s word for it. As the video above says, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” There’s no question in my mind that Dr. King would be marching and speaking and lobbying alongside the rest of us.

  3. Zeke says

    Bayard Rustin would have been THE Martin Luther King Jr. of the 60’s had he not been gay. There is absolutely no doubt about it. Instead he had to be a background figure channeling through Dr. King.

    Most people don’t know that Bayard was arrested for refusing to give up his seat on a bus TEN YEARS before Rosa Parks.

    And to those who say that the gay rights movement isn’t a civil rights movement and has NOTHING in common with the civil rights movement of the 50’s and 60’s I refer them to TRUE heroes and warriors of THE movement who fought side by side in the trenches with Dr. King. They, to a man, to a woman, say YES it IS a civil rights movement comparable to the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Bayard Rustin, Coretta Scott King, John Lewis, Mildred Loving, Jesse Jackson, Julian Bond, Al Sharpton (whatever you think of him he was most definitely a civil rights hero) and countless others. ALL of whom, I might add, support(ed) marriage equality for same-sex couples.

    I don’t think ANYONE has better credentials to speak on what IS and what IS NOT a civil rights struggle and what IS and what IS NOT like the Civil Rights Movement of African-Americans.

  4. Peter Mars says

    In December at the senate judiciary committee hearing about marriage equality in NJ, Julian Bond, head of the NAACP and former colleague of MLK flew in from DC to testily. He spoke movingly of Dr. King’s belief in equal rights for ALL. Beyond what Dr. King believed, Mr. Bond spoke at length of Bayard Ruston and his part in the civil rights movement. He left no question in anyone’s mind that Dr. King was in full favor of marriage rights for everyone.

  5. CJ says

    I was just going to write about Bayard Rustin, one of his close confidents and colleagues. Martin Luther King Jr’s wife, Coretta Scott King, had made many comments and speeches regarding the LGBT community and the need for acceptance. I truly believe had Martin Luther King Jr been alive today, civil rights for everyone would be much more of a reality. It’s a shame that in forty plus years, the world still doesn’t take King’s message to heart. It’s a shame…

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