Civil rights leader Julian Bond, who passed away in August, would have been 76-years-old today.

While he dedicated his life and career to the African American civil rights movement, he was also an outspoken supporter of LGBT equality and HRC.

In 2011, Bond highlighted his support of marriage equality through a video for HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality and joined HRC in 2015 at the Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Throughout the first half of 2015, Bond wrote multiple opinion pieces in support of LGBT equality, including those that highlighted the need for equal treatment in the South, against anti-LGBT religious refusal legislation in state legislatures and in strong support of comprehensive, federal LGBT non-discrimination protections.

Bond also delivered impassioned speeches at HRC’s Gala Dinner in Los Angeles in 2009 and again at HRC’s National Dinner in 2013.

In honor of Bond’s birthday, the University of Virginia, where he taught for 20 years, is hosting the Julian Bond Professorship of Civil Rights and Social Justice.

Today we honor Bond’s legacy and remember his commitment to equality for all people.

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