His visits to Southeast Asia helped to bring the plight of the Vietnamese “boat people” to the attention of the American public. What are the things you most appreciate about Bayard? Same-sex marriage was rarely a topic on the political radar in the 1970s and ’80s, so in order to protect their relationship legally, Rustin adopted Naegle before his death. “It has taken on a status of its own. Once he and Rustin started their relationship, Naegle said they were fortunately free of some of the prejudice interracial gay couples in other areas of the country experienced. In 2003, the fund released, “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin,” a documentary on Rustin’s life and activism. As his interest in nonviolence and pacifism grew, he decided to confront the selective service system, writing a letter to his draft board stating that he could not cooperate with the Selective Service and would refuse induction where he called. I would like people to understand the fullness of his life, his many qualities (intelligence, humor, compassion, et al.) They found that legal protection, such as being allowed hospital visitation or inheriting a deceased partner’s estate, in adoption. He was invited to address gay and lesbian groups and testified on behalf of New York City’s gay rights bill.A collection of Mr. Rustin’s essays, Down the Line, was published in 1971. I guess he was of my parents' generation, but we looked at each other and lightning struck. The two were together for 10 years until Rustin's death in 1987.. They found that legal protection, such as being allowed hospital visitation or inheriting a deceased partner’s estate, in adoption. Profiles of Candidates We... comfort food and covid are the big topics in our september 2020 issue of out and about nashville. Create your own unique website with customizable templates. By Walter Naegle [Walter Naegle was Bayard Rustin’s partner from 1977 until Rustin’s death in 1987; he is executor and archivist of the Bayard Rustin Estate.] Bayard’s maternal grandmother, Julia Rustin, was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Rustin organized the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom in 1957, The National Youth Marches for Integrated Schools in 1958 and 1959, and was the Deputy Director and chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom which, at that time, was the largest demonstration in the nation’s history. At the time of his death, Bayard Rustin was Co-Chairman of the A. Philip Randolph Institute and President of the A. Philip Randolph Educational Fund. The visibility attained by the march is something that the LGBT community should strive for today, he noted. Angela Thomas is a Philadelphia Gay News contributor, Signup for our newsletter to stay updated on our site updates and news.