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Bernice King, Daughter Of Martin Luther King, Jr., Discusses Homosexuality, Says 'I'm Not The Enemy'

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In a new interview with Atlanta Magazine, Bernice King opens up to Rebecca Burns about her life, her fraught relationships with her brothers, and her evolving views on homosexuality.

GA Voice reports:

"For many years, those in the LGBT community have felt betrayed by Bernice King's public aversion toward gay and lesbian people even though her mother was an outspoken advocate and fierce ally for LGBT equality.

"In 2004, Bernice King famously led a march alongside Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church of thousands through the streets of Atlanta to protest same-sex marriage. 

"But in January 2012, Bernice King shocked LGBT people by including them in a speech at the annual MLK rally at the King Center as part of the city's annual celebration of her father's birthday. King, though, still seems to carry some kind of grudge against gay people."

In her new interview, King gives mixed messages, revealing her love-for-all, rights-for-some attitude about the gay community.

"People have labeled me homophobic. If I was homophobic, I wouldn't have friends who are gay and lesbian, so that can't be true. But because I have a certain belief system, I am now the enemy. And I'm not the enemy. I have love for everybody, period. I don't think it's my role and responsibility to take on a platform unless God calls me to do it. That's not something I feel called to do.

"When my mother was living they tried to pit us against each other. I love my mother and she loved me. They couldn't divide true love. We had good conversations concerning this whole issue. But I think we have to be careful in our nation that we don't demonize everyone who doesn't agree with us. …  I value marriage between a man and woman. Spiritually I value that. Psychologically I value that. I know that the absence of my father in my life had its cost."

While King is certainly voicing her support for a community with which she associates now more than ever, that support is limited when it comes to the law. Asked whether she would want to see her gay and lesbian friends marry, King replied: "I wouldn't marry them. But I don't dictate that. That's society's call." 

We can only hope that as society continues to make calls in favor of equality among all people, the vital voice of Bernice King will follow.  

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  1. I'll let SOULONE have a pass on this one. He doesn't know any better.

    But DANNYEASTVILLAGE, you call yourself "reading" me for comments over the years. Oh, really? I went through Towleroad's archives to read some of your comments, and I'm not that impressed with your wisdom either.

    If I'm a dim 60 watt bulb then you are a 25 watt brand made for a refrigerator.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 30, 2013 10:04:20 AM


  2. She's a ho, period.

    Posted by: Monroc | Jul 30, 2013 12:03:27 PM


  3. Bernice King's parents, like the rest of her family and most intelligent people, would consider her a bigot and a disappointment. And like most homophobes, I'm guessing Bernice King, like Alveda King, is a self hating closet closet. I'm sure she'll be outed as a lesbian in the not-too-distant future.

    Posted by: rob | Aug 25, 2013 1:24:27 PM


  4. This heifer had to have been adopted!

    Posted by: Bob | Aug 28, 2013 7:41:32 PM


  5. Well I have black friends so I'm not racist. Yay!!

    Posted by: David | Sep 6, 2013 9:59:09 AM


  6. Bernice King is not being honest with the public.

    Ms. King is gay, and has lived with her partner for decades!

    When it is said and done she will have to cme out!

    Has anyone ever seen her with a man?

    Posted by: BlackBeauty | Sep 24, 2013 7:51:09 PM


  7. I love Dr.Bernice King. She's following in the footsteps of Jesus.

    Posted by: Keith Brown | Mar 22, 2014 5:00:00 PM


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