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MLK Day & LGBT Equality

By Charlotte Robinson, January 19, 2015
Each year as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day we talk about how King would have supported full LGBT civil rights. Jack O'Dell, former Southern Christian Leadership Conference activist & aide to Dr. Martin Luther King stated, "Dr. King would have fully supported gay marriage." The late Coretta Scott King agreed stating, “Gay & Lesbian people have families & their families should have legal protections.” Now that marriage equality is headed to the US Supreme Court once again we move a little closer to sharing King’s dream. We owe a lot to the legacy of Martin Luther King. We have fought hard but we still have a ways to go until our LGBT community has full equality in America & globally but King would have been very proud about the advancements we have made in the last decade. Until this country wakes up to the fact that the majority should never vote on the rights of a minority our hard work will continue. When we asked singer & gay ally Patti Austin on OUTTAKE VOICES™ what Martin Luther King Day means to her Austin stated, “When Martin Luther King was alive I was very active politically. I was in high school at the time. I was truly a political activist...So I was kind of all over that stuff. And by now I’m exhausted from the whole experience. It just represents a lot of pain & a lot of hard work & a lot of anguish because I lived it.” Listen to Audio Byte:
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1 comment:

Marilyn Rosen said...

I like that you do an MLK Day Tribute to remind us that Dr. Kings's non violent fight was for freedom and equality for all. His legacy continues and the struggle continues, but we have seen change and will continue to move forward together.

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