Kevin M. Kruse @KevinMKruse Historian. Author/editor of White Flight; The New Suburban History; Spaces of the Modern City; Fog of War; One Nation Under God; Fault Lines. Jun. 04, 2019 1 min read

Hey, I wonder what leaders of the civil rights movement had to say about comparisons between gay rights and civil rights?

Let's take a look!

For starters, here's Julian Bond, former sit-in leader and head of the NAACP, who literally said that "gay rights are civil rights." 

And how about John Lewis, former head of SNCC who was at the forefront of countless civil rights protests, who saw LGBT rights as an integral part of that work. 

Let's not forget Coretta Scott King, widow of Martin Luther King Jr. who likewise saw gay rights as an extension of the civil rights cause. 

And how about Jesse Jackson, aide to King and leader of Operation PUSH and the Rainbow Coalition, who also saw discrimination against LGBT individuals as a civil rights issue. 

I could go on, but you get the point.

And, of course, there were a number of civil rights leaders -- Bayard Rustin, Pauli Murray, James Baldwin, to name a few -- who were themselves LGBT and naturally saw "civil rights" and "gay rights" as intertwined. 

So, yes, someone here sure is crazy. But it isn't Senator Warren.

As a P.S., check out this great thread by @timothysw if you haven't already:

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