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Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin: Martin Luther King’s views on gay people

This 1987 essay by Bayard Rustin reveals a personal account of MLK's feelings toward gay people.

Bayard Rustin Finally Pardoned by California for Consensual Sex Arrest

The civil rights icon was sullied by a homophobic "morals charge" at the height of his career.

Bayard Rustin's Life and Civil Rights Legacy in Photos

Look back at the lifetime of accomplishments of the Black gay civil rights leader.

The Gay Union Organizer Who Helped MLK Change the World

Bayard Rustin helped Martin Luther King Jr. achieve his vision of a more equitable society, even after King was assassinated 50 years ago.

Op-ed: The Evolution of LGBT Heroes

More than 50 years after Bayard Rustin and others picked up the equality mantle, we continue to stand on their shoulders, writes the author of a new book on queer activism.

Op-ed: Bayard Rustin Was My Love, My Leader

Walter Naegle remembers the legacy of his late partner, the civil rights leader Bayard Rustin.

Bayard Rustin's Life and Civil Rights Legacy in Photos

Check out photographs of the black gay civil rights leader throughout his lifetime.

An Interview Between Bayard Rustin and Joseph Beam

Read this exclusive 1986 interview between Bayard Rustin and Joseph Beam about gay rights, which is now available in the republished book Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin.

PHOTOS: Ride, Rustin Awarded Medal of Freedom

The gay pioneers were among 16 honorees awarded the highest civilian honor at the White House Wednesday.

10 Things to Know: Bayard Rustin

Here's a rundown on the man responsible for one of the largest peaceful demonstrations in American history.

Bayard Rustin Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Dr. Martin Luther King's key advisor receives highest civilian honor 25 years after his death.

Rustin Instilled Power To The People

Celebrating the hundredth anniversary of his birth, a new book shares the correspondence Martin Luther King Jr.'s right-hand man, Bayard Rustin, known as the "lost prophet" of the Civil Rights Movement.