"Sexual disposition parallels race. I was born black and had no choice. I couldn't and wouldn't change if I could. Like race, our sexuality isn't a preference. It is immutable, unchangeable and the constitution protects us against prejudices based on immutable differences."
-An excerpt from Julian Bond's opening plenary speech on Feb. 7 at the 2008 National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, convened by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.