[Sayma-Discuss] How a once overlooked civil-rights leader became an icon of gay marriage equality | Aeon Videos

Mike Shell bright_crow at mindspring.com
Thu Jun 1 10:12:09 EDT 2017



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"In the 1980s, the US activist Bayard Rustin (1912-1987) adopted his younger
longtime partner Walter Naegle, a strategy that gay couples employed as the
only means to share civil and legal protections at a time of
state-sanctioned discrimination. It was not, however, the first time that
Rustin was at the forefront of a social struggle. After studying Gandhian
methods of nonviolent resistance during a trip to India in 1948, he helped
to teach the principles to Martin Luther King Jr, and to organise the March
on Washington in 1963. Despite being a leading organiser and strategist in
the fight for racial equality from 1955 to 1968, Rustin was a somewhat
unsung civil-rights hero during his life, largely because he was openly gay.
As recounted by Naegle, Bayard & Me explores how Rustin's legacy, which
intersected with the two of the biggest civil-rights struggles in US
history, was cemented posthumously by LGBT activists who recognised him as a
pioneer in the fight for marriage equality."









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