PODCAST EPISODE

A Gay Civil Rights Leader Pushed into the Shadows

Silence is Not an Option

Jun 24 2021 • 31 mins


Bayard Rustin organized the March on Washington and advised Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on direct nonviolent action, but this Civil Rights hero didn’t get his proper due at the time because he was gay. For this special Pride month episode, Don Lemon affirms Rustin's rightful place in history and explores how Rustin persevered despite personal attacks. Don and CNN National Political Writer Brandon Tensley discuss Rustin's lifelong tension at the intersection of Black and LGBTQ rights, and why he only joined the gay rights movement later in life. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy