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Black is Beautiful, Gay is Good!

At the height of the 1960s civil rights movement, three activists' complex lives epitomize the intersection of the personal and political. Lorraine Hansberry - a lesbian revolutionary hiding in plain sight, radical voice for civil rights, and author of "A Raisin in the Sun" - wrote extensively about her sexuality under pseudonyms. The March on Washington's intrepid organizer Bayard Rustin worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King and lived openly and proudly as a gay man, even though his sexuality was viewed as a threat to the movement. And in San Francisco, José Sarria, best known for performing comic operas in drag at The Black Cat, made a run for county supervisor years before Harvey Milk would eventually hold the seat.

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