There are two great, new interviews with Julian Bond where the civil rights icon makes his most forceful arguments for gay rights. First, in the October 10th issue of The Advocate: The longtime NAACP chairman is photographed by Duane Cramer and interviewed by Christopher Lisotta for a conversation on homophobia and the HIV pandemic.
The Advocate interview is a continuation of Bond's passionate plea that recently began on the op-ed pages of the Washington Post: "Homophobia is one of the major obstacles to black Americans coming to grips with this disease in the ways that we should. It is aawfully disturbing. It's a refutation of what the movement for civil rights stood for. It's disgraceful."
Point and click to Black Voices for another in-depth interview with Bond, this one more focused on gay rights. "I think Martin King would stand as his widow stood—in favor of them. And I think he would be astounded at the behavior of his daughter [Bernice King]."
Julian Bond also confirms the much-whispered reason why he did not attend the funeral of Coretta Scott King that was held at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and officiated by the anti-gay Bishop Eddie L. Long: "I knew her attitude toward gay and lesbian rights. And I just couldn't imagine that she'd want to be in that church with a minister who was a raving homophobe. And I couldn't see myself in my church either."
If you haven't already seen Keith's column on the Julian Bond interviews, he makes a very salient point—noting that the civil rights icon is "even more courageous than many of us who are actually gay or lesbian." If more of us stand up and speak out, we can change that.
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