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Wed Jun 26, 2013, 10:58 PM

 

Alan Grayson: "We Owe This One to Harvey Milk"



Today, the Supreme Court struck down bigotry, and said that justice for all includes justice for gays. This is a beautiful, historic day. Now there is a chance that my eight-year-old twins will grow up in a world without prejudice against gays and lesbians.

Itís worth taking a moment to remember who made sacrifices to give us this world, one that is a little more equal and a little more free. It was tens of thousands of activists, from those at Stonewall in 1969, to those who fought for treatment of individuals living with AIDS alongside ACT UP, to the hero of the day, Edith Windsor. But thereís one who deserves special mention above all - his name was Harvey Milk, and he had guts.

In 1977, Milk became the first openly-gay elected official in the United States. When he ran for office, America wasnít far removed from the time that Joe McCarthy and J. Edgar Hoover were blackmailing and purging homosexuals from the government. Most Americans didnít know or didnít want to know that they knew gay people, that there were gay people in their families. Anti-gay laws were legislated all over the country, and would continue becoming laws, for 30 more years. Legal state-sanctioned gay marriage seemed like an unreachable dream.

But with courage, and love, and guts, Milk acted. He spoke, he agitated, he legislated. He passed a gay rights plank for the City of San Francisco. He hit back against the hate-mongers on the other side. He encouraged gay men and women to run for office, to come out, to be who they are and to love openly whomever they love. He fought for union rights, for womenís rights, and against the South African Apartheid government.


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ďAll young people, regardless of sexual identity or orientation, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential." - Harvey Milk

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 11:05 PM

1. k&r

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 11:48 PM

2. k and r--I remember the utter shock of learning that he and mayor moscone were assassinated.

wanted to believe there was some massive sort of mistake with the news that day.

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Response to niyad (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:06 AM

3. it was the twinkies

 

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Response to Triana (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:09 AM

4. I hope he's smiling up in heaven or something.

I only ever picture him smiling. The amazing courageous Harvey Milk. He made such a difference. Such a sacrifice.

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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:25 AM

5. K & R

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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:40 AM

6. Harvey's spirit is here and lives on.

"everyone knows someone."

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