What Did MLK Think About Gay People?

What Did MLK Think About Gay People?

There are 18 comments on the WBAL-TV Baltimore story from Jan 16, 2012, titled What Did MLK Think About Gay People?. In it, WBAL-TV Baltimore reports that:

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was writing an advice column in 1958 for Ebony magazine when he received an unusual letter.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WBAL-TV Baltimore.

hi hi

Pottstown, PA

#1 Jan 17, 2012
Had there been reason to believe that MLK was antigay, I'd not have hesitated for a moment to call him a worthless human being whose "veneer" of righteousness masked the same selfish, trash-talking parasitism that comes from so many evangelicals.

Startlingly, this article was quite moving and has painted him so nobly that it was actually a joy to read. It's funny that I had this reaction to the article after I just had a savagely nasty experience with another poster on this forum -- but I did react as such. This article makes King sound like ... well, a king.
Tucksun Jack

Tucson, AZ

#2 Jan 17, 2012
hi hi wrote:
Had there been reason to believe that MLK was antigay, I'd not have hesitated for a moment to call him a worthless human being whose "veneer" of righteousness masked the same selfish, trash-talking parasitism that comes from so many evangelicals.
Startlingly, this article was quite moving and has painted him so nobly that it was actually a joy to read. It's funny that I had this reaction to the article after I just had a savagely nasty experience with another poster on this forum -- but I did react as such. This article makes King sound like ... well, a king.
Oddly enough, his name was changed TO Martin Luther King when he was a teenager, to honor the great Protestant reformer, even though he wasn't a Lutheran.
Rainbow Kid

Alpharetta, GA

#3 Jan 17, 2012
MLK's personal mentor was an openly gay gentleman who gave MLK 'The Key' to using peaceful resistance to achieve civil rights equality and bring social justice to his people
.
MLK's personal mentor has passed 'The Key' to us
.
We will use 'The Key' in his honor and pass it on when we're done with it; just as he did
Alacrity

Lacon, IL

#4 Jan 17, 2012
Rainbow Kid wrote:
MLK's personal mentor was an openly gay gentleman who gave MLK 'The Key' to using peaceful resistance to achieve civil rights equality and bring social justice to his people
.
MLK's personal mentor has passed 'The Key' to us
.
We will use 'The Key' in his honor and pass it on when we're done with it; just as he did
MLK fired the guy when he learned of his homosexual lifestyle choice! MLK was a Christian minister that strongly supported the Bible's many commands against all homosexual behavior.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#5 Jan 17, 2012
A very good thought provoking article. I'm glad WBAL has included it on their website.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#8 Jan 17, 2012
_Minister of Truth wrote:
<quoted text>First off, your mind and opinion is just as worthless as the pollutants that you fill it with. If King supported homosexuality, he would have been wrong.
King is like most real Christians, he was opposed to it and called it a sin, and preached that very message. You are right, he and Christians are much better and kinder than you. Yes, King was a king among men, and like he said, his expression is that, like me, he would not have supported same sex marriage.
From the article:
In calm, pastoral tones, King told the boy that his problem wasn't uncommon, but required "careful attention."
"The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired," King wrote. "You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it."
Read more: http://www.wbaltv.com/news/30226541/detail.ht...
That is what Christians and Pastors do with sin, and if you noticed, in his wisdom, he said, "not innate", "culturally acquired as all sins are", "recognize the problem, sin".
My question is this, do you recognize homosexuality as a sin, not innate, culturally acquired and a problem, that you are trying to solve?
You have proof King preached against it?

Prove it!

IMO his referring to it as innate was due to his constraints being a contributor to Ebony at the time, as evidenced by his reference to being, "culturally acquired".

At that time it was unthinkable for most people to look at human sexuality in any other way.

You notice no one ever explains how it can be attributed to cultural conditioning when the prevailing culture is fiercely geared to endorsing and promoting heterosexuality.

So PLEASE tell us what this cultural conditioning was back then. I know a great many black people and I have never met any who were culturally gay positive in 1959.

“Equality marches on! ”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#9 Jan 17, 2012
_Minister of Truth wrote:
<quoted text>
Second, the only thing Coretta Scott King did during the movement was watch King's dirty laundry.
So was she "watching" so it wouldn't be stolen, or watch to see if it got up and danced? Seriously, "mini lies", keep posting your rubbish. It only makes your idiocy known to more and more people!
Tucksun Jack

Tucson, AZ

#11 Jan 17, 2012
I don't think it's important what he thought about gay people. Do you think he was always right about everything ???
TexasPride

Red Oak, TX

#13 Jan 17, 2012
The 50's/60's was a different world. Gays were much more in the closet and hadn't really asked for any kind of acceptance. King showed all Americans that equality is for all. He set an example.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#14 Jan 17, 2012
DNF wrote:
<quoted text>You have proof King preached against it?
Prove it!
IMO his referring to it as innate was due to his constraints being a contributor to Ebony at the time, as evidenced by his reference to being, "culturally acquired".
At that time it was unthinkable for most people to look at human sexuality in any other way.
You notice no one ever explains how it can be attributed to cultural conditioning when the prevailing culture is fiercely geared to endorsing and promoting heterosexuality.
So PLEASE tell us what this cultural conditioning was back then. I know a great many black people and I have never met any who were culturally gay positive in 1959.
my thanks to the person who chose the incendiary icon. Sometimes truth burns VERY BRIGHT!

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#15 Jan 17, 2012
_Minister of Truth wrote:
<quoted text>Tell your gay lies elsewhere. Sorry, my family has a street named after them in Atlanta and I am old enough to have heard myself. Also, I know Abernathy, Sharpton, and Jessee Jackson, and they know very well his position. If you note, Coretta says these are her views.
So sad, you were too busy listening to sound bites. These four reverends have never been stupid enough to allow cultural defines of sin, to dictate the removal of sins, from their message.
Too bad, you failed to read that even the APA has adopted the scientific position that the primary causes of homosexuality are socialization or cultural misconstructions and environmental factors, although they suggest that there may be some minor genetic variants.
Martin Luther King kicked gay Bernard Rustin out of the civil rights movement, when the FBI uncovered some damaging photos.
NO minister, preacher, pastor, or priest supports same sex marriage, and without a doubt, King would have been the toilet man of the movement if he supported it, especially since in the 60s, it was like 99% opposition in the Black community.
Besides, do you have evidence that Matthew Shepard was not a pedophile and zoophiliac, given the FACT that he was a gay prostitute.
Wow a Street. I'm underwhelmed. Is it difficult introduced your wife as Mrs. Second? My family has a few cities that share my father's name.

As for ministers pastor etc, YOU spread your lies all you want anywhere you want. Frankly I don't care or have any worries.

Perhaps you think people are incapable of doing an internet search to check YOUR Facts?

Religious support for Equal Marriage:
http://www.iwgonline.org/marriage/

Open Letter From Faith Leaders Supports Same-Sex Marriage:

http://www.religiousconsultation.org/News_Tra...

Poodle you are truly sad. Oh and your Bible and God frown on you lying and spreading discord among the brethern.

Perhaps you need a few months back at Bible camp to do actual Bible studying rather than sneaking into the showers to play with your pud like the last time!

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#16 Jan 17, 2012
_Minister of Truth wrote:
<quoted text>Tell your gay lies elsewhere. Sorry, my family has a street named after them in Atlanta and I am old enough to have heard myself. Also, I know Abernathy, Sharpton, and Jessee Jackson, and they know very well his position. If you note, Coretta says these are her views.
So sad, you were too busy listening to sound bites. These four reverends have never been stupid enough to allow cultural defines of sin, to dictate the removal of sins, from their message.
Too bad, you failed to read that even the APA has adopted the scientific position that the primary causes of homosexuality are socialization or cultural misconstructions and environmental factors, although they suggest that there may be some minor genetic variants.
Martin Luther King kicked gay Bernard Rustin out of the civil rights movement, when the FBI uncovered some damaging photos.
NO minister, preacher, pastor, or priest supports same sex marriage, and without a doubt, King would have been the toilet man of the movement if he supported it, especially since in the 60s, it was like 99% opposition in the Black community.
Besides, do you have evidence that Matthew Shepard was not a pedophile and zoophiliac, given the FACT that he was a gay prostitute.
and as for your refernece to Mr. Sheppard, you remind me of something my Mom always said.

The only way you'd be able to prove he was a prostitute and zoophile is if you where there with him. Got some dirty laundry you'd like to share with the rest of the class poodle?

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#17 Jan 17, 2012
TexasPride wrote:
The 50's/60's was a different world. Gays were much more in the closet and hadn't really asked for any kind of acceptance. King showed all Americans that equality is for all. He set an example.
Thank you.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#18 Jan 17, 2012
Oh and poodle?

you may want to check some other facts and figures:
The latest Poll on Topix about civil unions reveals 55% favor full marriage to civil unions.

http://www.topix.com/issue/civil-unions

keep up the good work for us hon.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#20 Jan 17, 2012
_Minister of Truth wrote:
<quoted text>Sad, because when Topix asks the question who favors same sex marriage it is 65% against same sex marriage.
Gosh,no state has ever had a popular vote for or against civil unions
44 states against shame sex marriage
3 more states to ban shame sex marriage
soon to be 47 states against.
Maybe gays can have their own island or active volcano.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA......
I just visited a few Topix sites:

http://www.topix.com/issue/gay-marriage/fort-...
78-43 in favor of SSM

http://www.topix.com/issue/gay-marriage/fort-...

87-81 in favor of SSM

I'll be glad to monitor the national charts if you'd like. I've been doing it for over a year now anyway poodle.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#21 Jan 17, 2012
_Minister of Truth wrote:
<quoted text>Sad, because when Topix asks the question who favors same sex marriage it is 65% against same sex marriage.
Gosh,no state has ever had a popular vote for or against civil unions
44 states against shame sex marriage
3 more states to ban shame sex marriage
soon to be 47 states against.
Maybe gays can have their own island or active volcano.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA......
spoken like the 'true christain'(spelling intentional) I always knew you to be.

Care to try tossing off topic Bible verses at me again like you did in the religious forum, poodle?

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#22 Jan 17, 2012
oh I suddenly realized 'poodle' might not be a very nice appellation for you ( poodles are smarter).

How does "Mistress of Poof" sound?
Eyes Wide Open

Douglasville, GA

#23 Jan 18, 2012
Likely not the truth whatever he thought.

http://thelatterdays.blogspot.com/2012/01/civ...

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