Bayard Rustin Finally Pardoned by California

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By Neal Broverman

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 […]

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