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LGBTQ Rights Icon Bayard Rustin Granted Posthumous Pardon In California | HuffPost

Rustin, who co-organized the March on Washington in 1963, was jailed for having gay sex nearly 70 years ago. SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s governor announced Wednesday that he is posthumously pardoning a gay civil rights leader while creating a new pardon process for others convicted under outdated laws punishing homosexual activity. Bayard Rustin was a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a key organizer of the March on Washington in 1963. He also helped plan other nonviolent protests and boycotts to end racial discrimination. Gov. Gavin Newsom pardoned Rustin for his arrest in 1953 when he was […]

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‘Moonlight’: Is This the Year’s Best Movie?

A.O. Scott | The New York Times>\ It would also not be wrong to call it a movie about drug abuse, mass incarceration and school violence. But those classifications are also inadequate, so much as to be downright misleading. It would be truer to the mood and spirit of this breathtaking film to say that it’s about teaching a child to swim, about cooking a meal for an old friend, about the feeling of sand on skin and the sound of waves on a darkened beach, about first kisses and lingering regrets. Based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys […]

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