Being Black…and LGBTQ—Pittsburgh’s African Americans voice their opinions


Courier photographer J.L. Martello captured photos of local residents who are supportive of the LGBTQ community.

Most people who’ve had at least one decent history class can easily recognize the name Martin Luther King Jr., but you’d be hard pressed to find similar recognition for Bayard Rustin.

Rustin was a chief strategist for the March on Washington and some people called Rustin the heart of the civil rights movement. Years after his death the Obama Administration gave Rustin recognition in the form of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but his contributions lay largely forgotten because he was a gay man, some say, in a world where the church and the respectability politics of the time considered him a liability to the cause.

Thirty years after Rustin’s death, the New…

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