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LGBT trailblazers honored – Obama awards Medal of Freedom to Bayard Rustin, Sally Ride

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Civil rights leader Bayard Rustin and astronaut Sally Ride were among the 16 Americans honored with the Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony led by President Obama on November 20. Rustin – an openly Gay man and a communist in an era when being either one earned you a prison term – was the chief organizer behind the 1963 March on Washington. In his later life, he became an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights. According to the White House press release, Rustin was honored for his work as ‘an unyielding activist for civil rights, dignity, and equality for all. An advisor to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he promoted nonviolent resistance, participated in one of the first Freedom Rides, organized the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and fought tirelessly for marginalized communities at home and abroad. As an openly Gay African American, Mr. Rustin stood at the intersection of

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