From The Human Rights Campaign:
In addition to his lifetime of work within and on behalf of the American civil rights movement, Bond was a passionate and stalwart supporter of the equal rights of LGBT Americans.
In 2011, Bond highlighted his support of marriage equality through a video for HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality and joined HRC in 2015 at the Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges. In 2013, he wrote “LGBT rights are human rights” in a blog post on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.
Throughout the first half of this year, Bond wrote multiple opinion pieces in support of LGBT equality, including those that highlighted the need for equal treatment in the South, against anti-LGBT religious refusal legislation in state legislatures, and in strong support of comprehensive, federal LGBT non-discrimination protections.
In an op-ed for the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, NAACP chairman emeritus Julian Bond writes of safer spaces, civil rights and same-sex marriage in Mississippi:
“Mississippians know sexual orientation or gender identity shouldn’t matter when it comes to working hard and taking care of your neighbor. Mississippians know all children are valued, no matter who they are. And Mississippians know that above all, treating one another with dignity and respect is what counts.
“The fight for basic civil rights is not a quest for superiority or an unvoiced desire for power. It is, at its root, a battle to raise us all up. We all deserve the right to try and fail, move forward and fall back, and ultimately succeed on our own merits and individual gifts. But for many of us, our ability to dream of a greater and more brilliant future is limited by the color of our skin, the texts of our religious tomes, and the gender of whom we love and who we are.
“The push for full equality for all Americans has always come with hurdles and setbacks. But we are not dissuaded from our path. LGBT Mississippians and their families yearn for a better day, one that we can work together to create. Let’s begin right now.”
The entire essay is truly worth the read.
CNN: Former chairman of the NAACP, Julian Bond reacts to efforts to drive a wedge between black people and same-sex marriage activists.
Thank you Julian Bond. Just because the phrase “civil rights” has been associated for a long time with the movement for equal rights for african-Americans in the 60s, doesn’t mean the fight now for gays and lesbians is not about civil rights. It is.
A marriage license issued by a civil government is a civil rights matter.
Any rights issued by a civil government are – by definition – civil rights. And every American should have the SAME civil rights.
“NOM’s underhanded attempts to divide will not succeed if Black Americans remember their own history of discrimination. Pitting bigotry’s victims against other victims is reprehensible; the defenders of justice must stand together.” – Julian Bond, Chairman Emeritus, NAACP