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Mourning a friend and an ally

by Jeremy Hooper

So a true friend of the gay community passed away yesterday. Someone who has earned our respect and deserves praise for standing up for our rights. Someone who stood up for our rights when others close to them were telling them to do otherwise. We are of course talking about...

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Yolanda King (1955-2007)

Yes, on the same day that Rev. Falwell's passing attracted mucho attention and mucho outrage from the gay community, Dr. Martin Luther King's eldest daughter also left this mortal coil (also due to heart problems). So instead of weighing in any further on the proper way to deal with the death of someone who so staunchly opposed our rights, we are going to instead remember someone who, like her mother and father, tried to make this planet a better place for the LGBT community.

From Pam's House Blend, here are some words that Ms. King spoke at the 2006 Out & Equal Workplace Summit:

In the 1950s and 60s, African-American men and women made some choices--often dangerous ones--and they were joined by men and women of goodwill, gay and straight, from all races and backgrounds, and together, tremedous progress was made toward the betterment of our nation.

The civil rights movement served as the inspiration and paved the way for all the movements for human rights which followed it--the women's movement, the peace movement, and, of course, the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.

We have come a long way. And while the scars and stains of racism remain, the fact is, racial discrimination is no longer legal. However, discrimination under the rule of law still exists. If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, you do not have the same rights as other Americans. You cannot marry. And while there has been some progress, thanks to the work this organization [Out & Equal Workplace Advocates] in the workplace, you still face discrimination in the workplace, and in our armed forces. For a nation that prides itself on liberty, justice and equaity for all, this it totally unacceptable.

Now those are words worth commemorating!

Yolanda King, Daughter of Civil Rights Leader, Dies at 51 [AP via WaPo]

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*removes hat*

It's true what they say... the good die young.

Posted by: Anon | May 16, 2007 5:27:38 PM

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