Summary of What the Gay Rights Movement Learned from the Civil Rights Movement

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Are the black and the gay communities at odds? Their shared strategies for freedom dispel this myth.


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When Proposition 8 passed in California in 2008, rescinding the right for same-sex couples to wed, the media reported that “black homophobia” was a contributing factor. Lesbian, African-American documentarian Yoruba Richen responds by illuminating the parallels between the gay rights and the civil rights movements. getAbstract appreciates her passionate, inspirational reminder of the benefits of equality for every member of the human family.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the civil rights movement and gay rights movement found themselves pitted against one another,
  • What three strategies gay advocates borrowed from civil rights activists, and
  • How all freedom struggles are interconnected.


On November 4, 2008, US voters elected Barack Obama the first African-American president of the United States. That day, Proposition 8 passed in California...
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About the Speaker

Yoruba Richen is a documentary filmmaker and news journalist.

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