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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-13-08 09:07 AM
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A Collection of Coretta Scott King Quotes regarding GLBT Rights
Edited on Thu Nov-13-08 09:29 AM by Jamastiene
A Collection of Coretta Scott King Quotes regarding GLBT Rights


Source: Reuters, March 31, 1998.
Coretta Scott King, speaking four days before the 30th anniversary of her husband's assassination, said Tuesday the civil rights leader's memory demanded a strong stand for gay and lesbian rights.

"I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice," she said. "But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.'" "I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people," she said.



Source: Chicago Defender, April 1, 1998, front page.
Speaking before nearly 600 people at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel,
Coretta Scott King, the wife of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Tuesday called on the civil rights community to join in the struggle against homophobia and anti-gay bias. "Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood," King stated. "This sets the stage for further repression and violence that spread all too easily to victimize the next minority group."



Source: Chicago Sun Times, April 1, 1998, p.18.
"We are all tied together in a single garment of destiny . . . I can never be what I ought to be until you are allowed to be what you ought to be," she said, quoting her husband. "I've always felt that homophobic attitudes and policies were unjust and unworthy of a free society and must be opposed by all Americans who believe in democracy," King told 600 people at the Palmer House Hilton, days before the 30th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination on April 4, 1968. She said the civil rights movement "thrives on unity and inclusion, not division and exclusion." Her husband's struggle parallels that of the gay rights movement, she said.



Source: Chicago Tribune, April 1, 1998, sec.2, p.4.
"For many years now, I have been an outspoken supporter of civil and human rights for gay and lesbian people," King said at the 25th Anniversary Luncheon for the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.... "Gays and lesbians stood up for civil rights in Montgomery, Selma, in Albany, Ga. and St. Augustine, Fla., and many other campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement," she said. "Many of these courageous men and women were fighting for my freedom at a time when they could find few voices for their own, and I salute their contributions." - Chicago Tribune, April 1, 1998, sec.2, p.4.



Source: Coretta Scott King, remarks, Opening Plenary Session, 13th annual Creating Change conference of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Atlanta, Georgia, November 9, 2000.
"We have a lot more work to do in our common struggle against bigotry and discrimination. I say 'common struggle' because I believe very strongly that all forms of bigotry and discrimination are equally wrong and should be opposed by right-thinking Americans everywhere. Freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation is surely a fundamental human right in any great democracy, as much as freedom from racial, religious, gender, or ethnic discrimination."



Source: Reuters, June 8, 2001.
"We have to launch a national campaign against homophobia in the black community," said Coretta Scott King, widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the slain civil rights leader.



...and just for good measure: A Link to Skinner's Post about GLBT Rights
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coffeenap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-13-08 09:10 AM
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1. Thanks for this--will send it to my GSA kids! nt
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qanda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-13-08 09:10 AM
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2. We need more voices like hers
She is missed.
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-13-08 09:17 AM
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3. She championed civil rights for everyone.
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bluedawg12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-13-08 09:22 AM
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4. She was a great lady
who saw the historic support of gays for the fight for freedom of others outside their community.
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nichomachus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-13-08 09:51 AM
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5. How dare she say that -- she doesn't know what she's talking about
There are people here on DU who know much better than she what the civil rights movement was about.

:sarcasm: :sarcasm: :sarcasm:
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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-13-08 09:52 AM
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6. Coretta knew history
She knew history, and so she was able to make history.

Thanks for posting this...we will know the truth, and the truth will set us free!
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keepCAblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-13-08 10:28 AM
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7. Desmond Tutu (Nobel Peace Prize recipient)
"It is sad indeed that we as a church have more often than not turned our back on a significant portion of God's people on the basis of their sexual orientation. We have inflicted on gay and lesbian people the tremendous pain of having to live a lie or to face brutal rejection if they dared to reveal their true selves. But oppression cuts both ways. Behind our safe barriers of self-righteousness, we deprive ourselves of the rich giftedness that lesbian and gay people have to contribute to the whole body of Christ" (1995)
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Zuiderelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-13-08 10:52 AM
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8. ""Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to ...
"Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood," King stated.

All those people screaming that the GLBT civil rights struggle is nothing like the African American civil rights struggle needs to listen to Coretta.

Bookmarking this thread, thanks!

"I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people,"

"We have to launch a national campaign against homophobia in the black community,"

"We have a lot more work to do in our common struggle against bigotry and discrimination. "

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keepCAblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-13-08 10:55 AM
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9. Brad Pitt's Interview with Desmond Tutu (2007)--->"I think God is weeping."
July 12, 2007
Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Gay Rights
In case you missed this excerpt from a Vanity Fair article in which actor/activist Brad Pitt interviewed Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu:


Brad Pitt: So certainly discrimination has no place in Christianity. There's a big argument going on in America right now, on gay rights and equality.


Desmond Tutu: For me, I couldn't ever keep quiet. I came from a situation where for a very long time people were discriminated against, made to suffer for something about which they could do nothing--their ethnicity. We were made to suffer because we were not white. Then, for a very long time in our church, we didn't ordain women, and we were penalizing a huge section of humanity for something about which they could do nothing--their gender. And I'm glad that now the church has changed all that. I'm glad that apartheid has ended. I could not for any part of me be able to keep quiet, because people were being penalized, ostracized, treated as if they were less than human, because of something they could do nothing to change--their sexual orientation. For me, I can't imagine the Lord that I worship, this Jesus Christ, actually concurring with the persecution of a minority that is already being persecuted. The Jesus who I worship is a Jesus who was forever on the side of those who were being clobbered, and he got into trouble precisely because of that. Our church, the Anglican Church, is experiencing a very, very serious crisis. It is all to do with human sexuality. I think God is weeping. He is weeping that we should be spending so much energy, time, resources on this subject at a time when the world is aching.


Brad Pitt: I couldn't agree with you more. Thank you for saying that.
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keepCAblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-13-08 11:07 AM
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10. Rev. Gilbert Caldwell: Martin Luther King Jr. and Gay Rights
Link: http://www.ukgaynews.org.uk/Archive/2005jan/1501.htm

Gilbert Caldwell is a retired minister in the United Methodist Church and since meeting Martin Luther King in 1958 at the Boston University School of Theology and taking part in three of King's marches, he has devoted his life to championing "equality". Caldwell is a strong advocate of gay rights and in this article he considers what Martin Luther King might have to say on the subject if he were alive today. Rev. Caldwell, who holds a Master of Divinity degree, lives with his wife Grace in Denver, Colorado.

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I have no doubt that Martin King would have been an outspoken advocate of gay rights for more than one reason:

■ He was America's strongest proponent of civil rights. The movement he led was called the Civil Rights Movement.

■ Despite the controversy in church and society on same-gender marriage and/or unions, adoption of children by gay parents and for many the right of gay persons to be in same-gender intimate sexual relationships, King was unafraid to speak out and stand up for issues that for him were matters of conscience.

Much more at link -- well worth the read.
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RedLetterRev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-13-08 12:21 PM
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11. This is wonderful!
I'm making a "go-book" to take with me on Saturday. I'm taking these and some of the pertinent posts with Biblical quotes and studies other DUers have been so kind to post.

Information is our best weapon along with being visible.

Googly-bookmarked for ubiquity!
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Psyop Samurai Donating Member (873 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-13-08 02:10 PM
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12. Thank you so much for this...
You know, I've read some of those quotes over the years, and recently found myself wondering, "could I have just imagined it?" Did I misinterpret? Was I too presumptuous?

Damn it, you made me cry again.
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madmadmad Donating Member (368 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-13-08 02:24 PM
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13. THANK YOU!
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Political Tiger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-13-08 05:00 PM
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14. Nice! A lot of wisdom there!
She is sorely missed.
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-14-08 04:29 AM
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15. Kicking so it doesn't fall off the first page.
:kick:
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