February 6, 2013 | by Steve Charing
PFLAG celebrates Black History Month
The former partner of Bayard Rustin said the gay civil rights leader would be happy with the arrival of marriage equality, but would have pushed for it in all 50 states. (Washington Blade archive photo by Doug Hinckle)

The former partner of Bayard Rustin said the gay civil rights leader would be happy with the arrival of marriage equalitys. (Washington Blade archive photo by Doug Hinckle)

As part of its meeting on Feb. 12, PFLAG Columbia-Howard County will honor Black History Month by presenting the award-winning film Brother Outsider, which describes the life and work of Bayard Rustin.

Rustin was an activist and strategist who has been called “the unknown hero” of the civil rights movement. A tireless crusader for justice, a disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr., Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 19

40s, 1950s and 1960s.  The film reveals the price that he paid for this openness, chronicling both the triumphs and setbacks of his remarkable 60-year career.

The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD.  For more information, visit pflagmd.org.

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