Post submitted by Samantha Masters, HRC Youth and Campus Assistant

Happy Birthday to the phenomenal author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou. The Presidential of Freedom Medal recipient turns 86 today. Angelou is a strong supporter of LGBT equality, telling The Advocate, “To love someone takes a lot of courage…so how much more is one challenged when the love is of the same sex and the laws say, ‘I forbid you from loving this person’?" 

Iconic gay writer James Baldwin whom she called a “friend and brother” is credited with helping set the stage for Angelou to write her seminal autobiographical work, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings for which she won a National Book Award.


HRC wishes Dr. Angelou a happy birthday.

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