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Martin Luther King Jr.

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.

HRC's Alphonso David: Don't Sleep on MLK Day of Service

If you have the ability, give back in the name of Dr. King.

7 Ways to Volunteer for LGBTQ Causes on MLK Day

In the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr., here are ways to give back to the community.

One of MLK's Dreams Was an End to Gun Violence

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Guns are going to be the death of this country." Will we prove him right?

How Can You Live Up to Martin Luther King's Dream?

Fifty years after he was taken from us, we're still trying to make his "beloved community" a reality. 

Ava DuVernay Is 1st Woman of Color to Direct $100 Million Movie

The director of Selma has been chosen for an opportunity previously afforded no other woman of color in Hollywood: to direct a blockbuster.

Would MLK Have Supported Marriage Equality?

Martin Luther King Jr. was never given the opportunity to be an advocate for his LGBT brothers and sisters, writes Rev. Irene Monroe.

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.

10 Things to Know: Bayard Rustin

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

Who Is The Movement's Overlooked MLK?

In the search for the movement’s Martin Luther King, have we overlooked ourselves?

Obama on Class, Race, and LGBTs in King Celebration

President Obama addressed the progress of several groups at the 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King's famous speech

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.