NAACP Board Chairman Julian Bond has joined other high-profile people endorsing the the National Equality March on October 11th:
GLBT rights are civil rights; there are no 'special rights' in America. Everyone has rights - or should have - and I am happy to join in this battle for justice and fairness.
Other recent endorsements for the NEM include US Representative Danny K. Davis of Chicago, Michael Letwin (Co-Convener, New York City Labor Against the War), Susan Stryker (Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University and author of "Transgender History"), HRC, as well as Bilerico Project's own Bil Browning, who was against the idea of the March until very recently.
Some more info on Julian Bond's direct involvement with the march (and some insider tips!) after the jump...
Multiple inside sources from the march have told me that not only is Bond endorsing the March, but he will be speaking at the event.
This is a very important addition to the speaking line-up. I personally had concerns that this might be another all white-face crowd and line up of speakers that would exacerbate the disconnects within our community, especially after the erroneous and horrible blaming of the Black Community after Prop 8 in California.
Having a civil rights icon like Bonds speaking at the event will hopefully bridge gaps in our community's outreach.
And let's be clear- you don't get much more powerful a speaker than Julian Bond. He has constantly stood by our community- giving rousing speeches, fighting for our causes, and demanding rights for LGBT people.
Bonds himself puts it best:
When someone asks me, "are gay rights civil rights?" my answer is always, "Of course, they are." Civil rights are positive legal prerogatives: the right to equal treatment before the law. These are the rights shared by everyone. There is no one in the United States who does not, or should not, enjoy or share in enjoying these rights. Gay and lesbian rights are not special rights in any way. It isn't "special" to be free from discrimination. It is an ordinary, universal entitlement of citizenship.
With speakers like Julian Bond, this could very well be the national event we need to push for action from the White House and Congress.