Walter Naegle, a Fordham alumnus, was the long-term partner of Bayard Rustin, the civil rights leader who served as chief strategist of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and mentored Dr. King in practical non-violence. In this interview, Mr. Naegle reflects on his life in NYC, the progress of LGBT rights at Fordham, and Rustin’s lasting legacy.
OutSummit is the annual gathering of OutRight Action International, one of just a handful of LGBTI advocacy groups with U.N. consulting status. The group addresses a kaleidoscopic range of issues, from trans rights in Germany, to eco-feminism in Fiji, to the criminalization of gay men in East Africa and elsewhere around the world. Founded in 1990 as the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, OutRight is also one of the oldest LGBTI advocacy groups in the United States, serving as an underwriter to countless crucial human rights rulings, and carries its clout with pride.