Thursday, May 22, 2014

Honor Bayard Ruskin on a U.S. Stamp

We Have a Stamp!

Harvey Milk is on a US postage stamp! That's right, Harvey Milk is on a US postage stamp. And today, I'm very proud that the Task Force's Executive Director Rea Carey will be at the White House for the stamp's dedication ceremony.

With the help of the International Imperial Court System, many other LGBT organizations and you, we got Harvey the recognition he deserves. But we're not done -- and we need your help to recognize another hero.

In 2013, when President Obama posthumously awarded Bayard Rustin the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he said, "For decades, this great leader, often at Dr. King's side, was denied his rightful place in history because he was openly gay. No medal can change that, but today, we honor Bayard Rustin's memory by taking our place in his march towards true equality, no matter who we are or who we love."

Having Rustin's legacy as both a civil rights leader and an openly gay man acknowledged with our nation's highest civilian honor is amazing, but he deserves more. Bayard Rustin deserves a commemorative stamp just as much as Harvey Milk does.

Let the post office know that the Harvey Milk stamp was just the first step. Sign on to and share our letter urging the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee to recommend a stamp in honor of Bayard Rustin. (

Imagine: just like the new Harvey Milk stamp, Rustin's stamp will be sent around the world and become a collector's item. It will demonstrate our pride in Rustin's accomplishments and highlight the rights that he fought for. And we know this stamp will inspire more people in the quest for freedom, justice and equality.

Thank you,
Russell Roybal, Deputy Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

PS: We've done this before! Our heroes deserve to be honored. Sign up to honor Rustin right here. (

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