Waymon Hudson

NAACP's Julian Bond Endorses the National Equality March

Filed By Waymon Hudson | August 20, 2009 4:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, The Movement
Tags: Equality Across America, Julian Bond, March on Washington, NAACP, National Equality March

NAACP Board Chairman Julian Bond has joined other julian_bond.jpghigh-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.

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David Castillo David Castillo | August 20, 2009 8:27 PM

This is awesome news. Getting the NAACP endorsement is key to the fight. It looks like some lessons have definitely been learned from the Prop 8 disaster.

This is exciting to see. Things may be coming together to make this a very productive event. I will have to see if any of my friends want to carpool or something.

Wonderful. Along with Daniel Choi and DADT soldiers, could beome exemplary. Since there are no National Political contests it is a good year to bring US to Washington without being charged with a political aganda...we can just bring teh gay agenda..our true one.

It's nice that Bond will be there. But I still think it's all about the party. I just hope the people who go don't get too comfortable, with poppers, meth, and a harness. The media will be there, and footage of a mass orgy won't go over that well in Tulsa. It would turn public opinion against us faster than Miss Coco in a g-string.

PS. UMMMM. Must agree with Wilberforce...but I hope since it will cost $$ etc. smarter people than he describes will be going. Save all that for Miami.

I like the way he thinks. Equal rights are for every one. They don't come in color or who they are or love. They are for ALL people, they are equal rights.