(San Francisco, CA, Aug. 17, 2015)—The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) mourns the loss of civil rights leader Julian Bond, longtime chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a stalwart supporter of LGBTQ equality. Bond passed away over the weekend. He was 75.

Statement by NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell, Esq.

“Julian Bond was one of the most effective and respected African-American civil rights leaders in our nation’s history. He was fiercely dedicated to fighting for the human rights and dignity of all people and his commitment to our common humanity was unmatched. Our community, our nation, and the world mourns.”