Oh Snap! Bernice King Gives Pro-LGBT Speech At MLK Rally
As I noted yesterday, Bernice King, daughter of the late Martin Luther King Jr., is known for her anti-gay actions and attacked. So you could imagine the shock and awe when she gave a positive shout out to the LGBT community at a MLK rally.
"In a passionate, sermon-like speech about building unity, King said she didn't care if people were Hindu, Buddhist, Islamist, were from the North side or the South side, were black or white, were “heterosexual or homosexual, or gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender” — that all people were needed to create unity.
LGBT people who attended the rally said they were shocked that King – who has a long anti-gay past — actually acknowledged the community in a public speech, but said they were also glad because it shows people can evolve.
Rev. Maressa Pendermon, a minister with LGBT-inclusive Unity Fellowship Church, said she at first intended to tune out King because of her anti-gay past, but decided to pay attention one more time.
For her father's vision to be realized we've got to come together across boundaries and then she got in preacher mode. Then she said ‘heterosexual or homosexual,’ and then backed up and said ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.’ We need all of us,” Pendermon said. There's always room for growth,” Pendermon said, describing her reaction to King's words. “People grow and people change. Sometimes we don't let them. I wasn't expecting that. And I was already ready to shut down but I challenged myself to listen and I'm glad I listened."
If anything, this is a welcome reminder that we can't always dis and dismiss those who've said hurtful/ignorant things in the past. We have to be open to the possiblity that folks can change and evolve. Read the rest HERE.