motivational activist for the rights of African-Americans, but also spoke out on behalf of gay rights, linking these two struggles. This was a man who had baby pictures with Paul Robeson and W.E.B. Du Bois, but influenced so many young activists like a human bridge from what we have been, to a realization of what we could be.
He was a man with wit and style--motivated to try politics but not the kind of person who fits naturally in the political scene. He boycotted the funeral of Coretta Scott King because it was held at a church that disrespected gay people.
He was a great gentleman and a person who believed in the greatness of people. We are better for having had him in our lifetime. He was true and just and had courage. He wasn't afraid to let people hear hard truths. He was a person who had the back of everyone as his concern. He made a difference. And that difference was good.