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Gay Teens March in MLK Day Parade

By Charlotte Robinson, January 17, 2012
In Washington D.C. reps of local LGBT advocacy orgs, including high school students from 2 Gay Straight Alliance groups marched together in the city’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade. “It was the first Martin Luther King Day parade we’ve had in 8 years. We were well received. We chanted & cheered all the way up MLK Boulevard to make sure we had a good LGBT presence,” stated gay activist Nick McCoy who helped organize the LGBT contingent on behalf of the D.C. LGBT Community Center. There was also great news out of Atlanta. Rev. Bernice King daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. changed her position on LGBT equality, stating “heterosexual or homosexual, or gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender — that all people were needed to create unity”. Note in 2004 she said that her father "did not take a bullet for same-sex marriage." So if she can evolve on gay marriage perhaps there’s hope for Obama in 2012. Updates to Come…:)

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1 comment:

Lateefah Williams said...

Dr. King’s message for justice and equality still rings true today. While the D. C. LGBT community has won many key struggles, including marriage equality, it is important to remember that there are still segments of our community who are struggling. Too many youth in our city are still being put out of their homes for coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Too many transgender people in our city are being targeted by violence. Dr. King said, ‘An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.’ As we honor Dr. King, it is important to remember that we must continue to fight so that the entire community can live safe, happy, healthy lives. We must ensure that all of humanity is treated with respect and has the necessary resources to thrive as human beings.

Lateefah Williams, President Gertrude Stein Democratic Club

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