The "Love, Simon" star recalls Rustin's 1953 arrest in a clip from the new docuseries, which showcases unsung trailblazers of queer history.
Rustin, who co-organized the March on Washington in 1963, was jailed for having gay sex nearly 70 years ago.
Rustin, who co-organized the 1963 March on Washington, was jailed for having gay sex nearly 70 years ago.
Pacifist Bayard Rustin was behind the scenes of some of the biggest moments of the civil rights movement.
The victim had just graduated from high school.
As I learned in the freedom movement as a young man (the "civil rights" movement) it's a mistake to make overly sharp contrasts between "democratic" and "undemocratic" communities, just as it's mistaken to contrast "good" and "bad" people. It's more or less, not either-or.
With the primary season now finally and officially underway, and with Senator Bernie Sanders' stunning victory in New Hampshire still registering on the political seismograph, I've been wondering what Bayard Rustin would make of it all.
This MLK holiday reminds me how Alabama has always been a troubling state when it comes to upholding the civil rights of its denizens.
If the political pundits would look around, they would even discover a significant number of prominent U.S. democratic socialists at work in a variety of fields. These and many other democratic socialists, among them Bernie Sanders, have played an important role in American life.
Bayard Rustin, the trailblazing organizer and activist, had four strikes against him. He was a pacifist, a radical, black and gay. Controversy surrounded him all his life.