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Author Long, Michael G., author

Title Martin Luther King, Jr., homosexuality, and the early gay rights movement : keeping the dream straight? / Michael G. Long ; afterword by Desmond Tutu
Edition First edition
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 191 pages)
Contents Introduction: Keeping the Dream Straight? -- PART I: KINGS IN CONFLICT -- 1. 'It's Consistent with His Philosophy': Coretta Scott King's Advocacy for Gay Rights -- 2. 'He Did Not Take a Bullet for Same-Sex Unions': Bernice King's March Against Same-Sex Marriage -- PART II: KING IN CONTEXT -- 3. 'Your Problem Is Not At All an Uncommon One': King, Psychiatrists, and the Problem of Homosexuality -- 4. 'I Am Fundamentally a Clergyman': King, Theologians, and the Sin of Homosexuality -- 5. 'He Praised Him for His Ability and Contacts': King's Relationship with Bayard Rustin -- PART III: CIVIL RIGHTS AND GAY RIGHTS -- 6. From Black to Gay: King's Concern about Discrimination Against Gays -- 7. From King to Kameny -- and Coretta: A Final Conclusion -- Afterword: Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Summary Martin Luther King Jr. was neither an advocate or enemy of gay rights, but both sides of the debate use his words in their arguments. His widow cited them in her campaign for gay rights, while his daughter used them in her rejection of same-sex marriage. The author explores the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr in relation to gay rights
Martin Luther King, Jr., was not an advocate of homosexual rights, but that has not prevented many gay rights proponents, including Coretta Scott King, from claiming him as an ally in their various campaigns. Dr. King was not an enemy of homosexual rights, either, but that has not discouraged many gay rights opponents, including his sole surviving daughter Bernice King, from touting the famed civil rights leader as one of their own. This fascinating situation - a familial, and wider, conflict over the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., in relation to gay rights - poses the problem that this book seeks to address and resolve. Michael G. Long looks to uncover and understand King's thought and actions in relation to homosexuality and gay rights, thereby assessing the use of his legacy in debates about these issues
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-186) and index
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Subject King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 -- Friends and associates.
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 -- Political and social views.
Gay liberation movement -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Homosexuality -- Public opinion -- History -- 21st century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1137275529 (electronic bk.)
9781137275523 (electronic bk.)