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Bayard Rustin was Dr. Martin Luther King’s No. 2, but a civil rights activist in his own right. From the football field to the 1963 march on Washington, Rustin’s efforts for building bridges — between whites and blacks, gays and straights — makes him a true hero. Said Rustin: “There are very few liberal Christians today who would dare say anything other than blacks are our brothers and they should be treated so, but they will make all kinds of hideous distinctions when it comes to our gay brothers. … That is what makes the homosexual central to the whole political apparatus as to how far we can go in human rights.” [Outsports via Rod]

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