Great Moments in Black LGBT History

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  • James Baldwin
  • Don Lemon
  • Bayard Rustin
  • Audre Lorde/Angela Davis
  • Frank Ocean
  • Rave Symoné
  • Claude McKay/Langston Hughes/Bessie Smith/Wallace Thurman
  • Dorian Corey/Pepper Labieja
  • Frank Ocean, Raven-Symoné
  • Jason Collins
  • Sylvester James, Jr./RuPaul
  • Meshell Ndegeochello

Bayard Rustin Spearheards the March on Washington

There would be no Civil Rights Movement if it was not for Bayard Rustin. An openly gay Rustin was Dr. Martin Luther King’s right hand man in organizing the March on Washington. He was imprisoned several times for both refusing to fight in the armed forces, and for "acts of homosexuality" that have not been specified. Nonetheless, Dr. King insisted that Rustin be hired to organize the march, which went down in history as one of the most sacred and necessary moments in African-American culture.

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