In her gay rights talk, documentary film maker Yoruba Richen explains how the same night Barack Obama won his historic presidency, the LGBT community suffered one of its worst defeats with Proposition 8. This resulted in accusations of pervasive black homophobia and the two minority groups competing instead of supporting each other. This led Richen to make a documentary about the subject.
Why was the gay rights movement being pitted against civil rights movement? The gay rights talk explores how the two movements are actually interconnected as the gay rights movement used some of same tactics and strategies first put down by civil rights movement. The speaker compares the 1955 Rosa Parks-initiated Montgomery Bus Boycotts to Stonewall in 1969. She also states the 1963 March on Washington, where Martin Luther King delivered his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, were organized by openly gay man. This inspired further gay rights marches that eventually laid the groundwork for National Coming Out Day.