California governor posthumously pardons civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, convicted under anti-gay law

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Wednesday announced the posthumous pardon of civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, a co-organizer of the March on Washington, who was convicted in the 1950s under a state “lewd vagrancy” law frequently used against gay men.

Newsom also announced a broader clemency initiative, saying Californians will now have the option to apply for a pardon for people they believe were targeted under the law for consensual same-sex activity.

‘There is no protection’: case of trans woman fired after coming out could make history

Aimee Stephens is at the center of the first supreme court case involving the civil rights of transgender people

Growing up in a Southern Baptist family in Fayetteville, North Carolina in the 1960s the biggest problem in Aimee Stephens’ household was the length of her hair.

The white Southerners who fought US segregation

Its racist past still hangs heavy over the White South. But as with anything, it is rarely as simple as everything being bad – one of the reasons photographer Doy Gorton set out to illustrate the White South, his home, in a more nuanced light, writes James Jeffrey.

The Forgotten History of ‘Soul Man’

“Soul Man,” written by creative duo Isaac Hayes and David Porter, soared into the popular music charts even as it expressed, at a difficult time, the pride of many black Americans. The song appeared at a crucial moment in the civil rights struggle. City after city was beset by rioting: New York and Philadelphia in 1964, Los Angeles in  1965, and Detroit in 1967—the year the song was written, recorded, and released.