Gay civil rights icon Bayard Rustin will be posthumously pardoned for his 1953 “vagrancy” arrest, which was related to consensual gay sex.
In announcing the pardon, Governor Gavin Newsom announced he was advancing a clemency initiative to clear the records of others arrested for consensual same-sex activity.
“In California and across the country, many laws have been used as legal tools of oppression, and to stigmatize and punish LGBTQ people and communities and warn […]
Bayard Rustin was a fierce civil rights leader. He was arrested and imprisoned because he was gay.
Our country has a dark history of oppression and persecution. It's our duty to acknowledge that and right the wrongs of our past. pic.twitter.com/31SwnXMfx6
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) February 6, 2020
Bayard Rustin was a black gay man who organized the famous 1963 March on Washington and served as one of Dr. King's close advisers. He's a hero to the African-American community and the LGBTQ community and to all Americans who cherish justice.https://t.co/o0304nG9Ge
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 5, 2020
We asked @GavinNewsom to pardon Bayard Rustin, who was arrested & convicted in 1953 for having consensual sex with another man.
Today the Governor pardoned Rustin & announced a process for criminalized LGBT ppl to clear their records.
Big win for justice https://t.co/WMIHp1iGHh
— Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) February 5, 2020