Around the corner from Shangri-La Vegan restaurant in Oakland.
Boots Riley speaks to the masses at the Port of Oakland during the Occupy Oakland General Strike on November 2, 2011.
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I held this bird in my hands after it crashed into a glass door. I knew it was going to die because it had blood in its mouth following the impact. I held it through the process and at the moment of death it became extremely alert, opened its eyes wide and jumped out of my hands. Taking that metaphoric leap became literal at that moment. I placed it in the leaves with a butterfly who seemed to be partially alive. I didn’t want the bird to be alone.
“So in that spirit, I want to talk about the difficult and important issues we must address together to reach a global consensus that recognizes the human rights of LGBT citizens everywhere.”
The first issue goes to the heart of the matter. Some have suggested that gay rights and human rights are separate and distinct; but, in fact, they are one and the same. Now, of course, 60 years ago, the governments that drafted and passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were not thinking about how it applied to the LGBT community. They also weren’t thinking about how it applied to indigenous people or children or people with disabilities or other marginalized groups. Yet in the past 60 years, we have come to recognize that members of these groups are entitled to the full measure of dignity and rights, because, like all people, they share a common humanity.”
“This recognition did not occur all at once. It evolved over time. And as it did, we understood that we were honoring rights that people always had, rather than creating new or special rights for them. Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious, tribal, or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”