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04/23/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

NAACP National Chairman Julian Bond tells Gay America to Demand a Front Seat on the Bus (VIDEO)

Here is National NAACP Chairman Julian Bond's powerful speech from the Human Rights Campaign's Los Angeles Dinner on Saturday, March 14.

Here are a few choice statements from his speech:

"When someone asks me, "are gay rights civil rights?" my answer is always, "Of course, they are." Civil rights are positive legal prerogatives: the right to equal treatment before the law. These are the rights shared by everyone. There is no one in the United States who does not, or should not, enjoy or share in enjoying these rights. Gay and lesbian rights are not special rights in any way. It isn't "special" to be free from discrimination. It is an ordinary, universal entitlement of citizenship."

"People of color ought to be flattered that our movement has provided so much inspiration for others. That, it has been, that our movement has been so widely imitated. That our tactics, our methods, our heroes, our heroines, and even our songs, have been appropriated or served as models for others."

"Now, no parallel between movements is exact. African-Americans are the only Americans who were enslaved for more than two centuries and people of color carried the badge of who we are on our faces. But we are far from the only people suffering discrimination; sadly, so do many others. And those others deserve the law's protection and civil rights too...."

"Like race, our sexuality isn't a preference. It is immutable; it is unchangeable. And the constitution protects us against prejudices and discrimination based on immutable differences."

In particular, Bond's response to many of the biblical passages used by Christian conservatives to condemn homosexuality (including those favorite scriptures in Leviticus) is must-see TV. His humorous refutation of "cafeteria Christians" begins about 15:25 in the video above.

(Thank you to Chris Johnson from www.HRCBackstory.org for the above highlights)