Strom Thurmond was a racist and a segregationist. He lived to age 90 and served many years in the United States Senate.
During the course of his long life, I'm sure that Thurmond did many good things -- so much so that, when he died, many members of the Senate were able to make speeches praising him for his positive accomplishments.
Does that make those Senators racists and segregationists? Does that mean that they endorsed Thurmond's segregationist positions?
If that were so, then most of the U. S Senate would have had to resign. Most of those senators found good things to say about Strom, not because of, but in spite of, his racist views.
The same thing applies here. Kevin Jennings had good things to say about Harry Hay -- that Hay "inspired him" -- because Hay did do good things. Hay founded the Mattachine Society in 1948, which was the first major gay civil rights organization in America.
Do those words of praise mean that Jennings supports Hay's other organization, NAMBLA, or that Jennings is in favor of pedophilia? Nonsense. No more so than a senator praising Strom Thurmond is thereby showing his support of segregation.
Only a charlatan would try to make that connection, and only a fool would believe him.