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  •  I know you meant well Kos... (2+ / 0-)
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    skrekk, ancblu

    but it's a bit insulting when you say that the GLBT community will pay it forward "someday".

    Many of us in the GLBT community have been in the trenches fighting and sacrificing for OTHER minorities' rights for many, many decades!  Many of us fought for other people's rights LONG before we had the courage to fight for our own.  Gay people fought for women's rights, African-American rights and every other civil rights struggle in American (and world) history since the beginning of time.  Unfortunately we never got credit for it because we most often fought from our closets.  I have no doubt that some of the people who were killed in the South fighting for voting rights were gay.  I have no doubt that gays and lesbians were in the front lines of the fight for women's rights.  Gays, including myself have been fighting against anti-Muslim prejudice, anti-Immigrant prejudice and racial prejudice for years, LONG before we ever considered taking a stand for our own rights.

    We paid it forward before we were ever paid.

    •  In fact the man who coordinated MLK's national (3+ / 0-)
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      mightymouse, Tennessee Dave, ancblu

      civil rights campaign was gay:

      The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom will be forever known as the day that ensured the success of the civil rights movement and launched the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. into the highest pantheon of American champions. Next week, on the 48th anniversary of the march, King will be anointed into that ultra-selective fraternity of national leaders memorialized on the Mall.

      But for hundreds of civil rights veterans, Aug. 28 will also always be Bayard’s Day, the crowning achievement of one of the movement’s most effective, and unconventional, activists.

      “When the anniversary comes around, frankly I think of Bayard as much as I think of King,” says Norton. “King could hardly have given the speech if the march had not been so well attended and so well organized. If there had been any kind of disturbance, that would have been the story.”

      I think every successful (or even unsuccessful) civil rights campaign inherently "pays it forward", by providing lessons and an example for future generations about how to do it right.

      Hopefully my bigoted state of Wisconsin will learn a few things from our neighbors on the other side of the river.

    •  Is your name (0+ / 0-)

      Dan Savage?

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