Gay Rights: Link to Civil Rights Movement?

A Washington, D.C., pastor argues that there is a connection to the black community's struggle.

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A 2009 march in D.C. for gay rights (Brendan Smialowski/Getty)

The Rev. W. Wiley, a Washington, D.C., pastor and doctor, is arguing that gay rights are linked to the black community's struggle for civil rights, according to BET

The argument stems from a project he is working on called "Gays Are Us" for the liberal think tank the Center for American Progress. He plans to use his understanding of the civil rights movement as the backdrop for the project.

"Reverend Wiley makes the case that gay rights are not a white issue and that, in fact, the LGBT movement is inextricably linked to the Black community's struggle for civil rights," the article says. "In fact Wiley asserts that, were Martin Luther King Jr. alive today, he'd be one of the LGBT movement's biggest proponents. Indeed, Dr. King was known for his dedication to ending all forms of oppression, not just those that impacted Blacks.”

After CNN anchor Don Lemon revealed in his memoir, Transparent, that he was gay, he told the New York Times that being gay is "about the worst thing you can be in Black culture." If that's the case, then it is important to find ways to promote understanding. 

Read more at BET.

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