This photo shows Rustin with Haitian journalist and democracy activist Jean Léopold Dominique, who was assassinated in 2000.
The Haitian refugees who made it to the United States were met with panic over the still poorly understood HIV virus; Hatians, like gay men, were one of the early groups considered carriers of the disease.
Naegel said that he never heard Rustin connect his work on Haiti with the gay rights movement that became more public in the face of HIV, but he was working on Haitian issues around the same time that he first began speaking out on LGBT rights and tried to build support among African American leaders.
In an interview shortly before he died, Rustin said, "Twenty-five, thirty years ago, the barometer of human rights in the United States were black people. That is no longer true. The barometer for judging the character of people in regard to human rights is now those who consider themselves gay, homosexual, lesbian. We are all one. And if we don't know it, we will learn it the hard way."