07/16/2012 01:29 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Rashad Robinson Brings His Whole Self To The Room

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Most of Rashad Robinson's life has been dedicated to politics and activism. As a toddler he joined his parents on picket lines. At 16 he had his own political talk show on public access television. By his mid-20s he was a leader at Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Now, at 33, he's the executive director of ColorOfChange, the spunky civil rights organization that has pressured major corporations, including Pepsi and Wal-Mart, to pull out of the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). In the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing, the group has taken on the ALEC-supported Stand Your Ground laws. Robinson is black and gay and doesn't divide his loyalties.

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