Making the Connections

I’ve marched and leafleted for gay rights before, and I’ve done the same for animal rights, but never at the same event.

“No one is free when others are oppressed,” read the words from Gandhi on the banner that Mercy For Animals carried in Los Angeles, the same one they’ve marched with at past Pride celebrations in other major cities where they have offices.

Nathan Runkle, the founder and executive director of Mercy For Animals, grew up gay in rural Ohio, where he witnessed both homophobia and cruelty to animals as a child. In the below video, Nathan explains how he made the connection between the shared ideas about fairness, compassion, and kindness that are at the heart of all social justice movements, and have become important themes in the philosophy and message of his organization.

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