March on Washington Gays

August 21, 2013 - 1:35 PM
FILE - In this Aug. 1, 1963 black-and-white photo, Bayard Rustin, leader of the "March on Washington" speaks at the National Headquarters. Months before Martin Luther King Jr. declared “I Have a Dream” to galvanize a crowd of thousands, Rustin was planning all the essential details to make the 1963 March on Washington a success. Rustin, who died in 1987, is sometimes forgotten in civil rights history. He had been an outcast. He was a Quaker, a pacifist who opposed the Vietnam war and had flirted with communism. And he was gay. Fifty years later, Rustin’s legacy is a key part of the march anniversary. Civil rights leaders plan an unprecedented inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people this month as part of a larger movement calling for equal rights for all. (AP Photo/Eddie Adams, File)