By 1953, Bayard Rustin was by all accounts a successful player in the FOR. In the 12 years he had worked for the organization, he had gone to prison as a conscientious objector, fought segregation in the 1942 Journey of Reconciliation, and protested whenever he was denied service at restaurants as a black man. But there was one aspect about Rustin that drew the ire of members and the staff of the FOR: He was gay, and he was relatively open about his sexuality.
I am overjoyed to report the election this weekend of my dear friend Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto to the episcopacy in the United Methodist Church! She was elected in an unanimous vote by the UMC's Western Jurisdiction on Friday night, on the 17th ballot, in Scottsdale, Arizona.
FOR's executive director sends love and sympathy to the friends and families of those killed and gravely wounded in Orlando, and expresses concern about the perpetuation of violence as a result of this heinous crime.