“How do you teach homosexuality? Is it like French? I was born of heterosexual parents, taught by heterosexual teachers, in a fiercely heterosexual society. So why then am I homosexual? And, no offense meant, if it were true that children mimic their teachers, we’d have a hell of a lot more nuns running around.”
-Harvey Milk, Milk (2008)
34 years ago today, Harvey Milk was killed in San Francisco. Dustin Lance Black, screenwriter of Milk, cites his strict Mormon upbringing for the difficulty he had coming out as an openly gay man. Inspired by the success of Harvey Milk, Black came out during his senior year of college. (Image via blog.sfgate.com)
LGBTQ* Events and People You (Should) Pause and Remember
Harvey Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978)
After Harvey Milk became one of the first out gay people elected in 1977, he put up a sign in his store window that just said, “Thank You.” It would take another thirty-five years for the first out lesbian, Tammy Baldwin, to be elected to the US Senate.
“And you have to give them hope. Hope for a better world, hope for a better tomorrow, hope for a better place to come to if the pressures at home are too great. Hope that all will be all right. Without hope, not only gays, but the blacks, the seniors, the handicapped, the us’es, the us’es will give up. And if you help elect to the central committee and other offices, more gay people, that gives a green light to all who feel disenfranchised, a green light to move forward. It means hope to a nation that has given up, because if a gay person makes it, the doors are open to everyone.
So if there is a message I have to give, it is that I’ve found one overriding thing about my personal election, it’s the fact that if a gay person can be elected, it’s a green light. And you and you and you, you have to give people hope. Thank you very much.”
— Harvey Milk
Remembering Harvey Milk, killed on this day in 1978.
We love you. We miss you. We thank YOU.
For more on Harvey Milk, watch the documentary THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HARVEY MILK (which can be found on Netflix and sometimes Hulu).
Busy weekend four day weekend coming to an end… Picture dump. This is from the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast on Friday morning. I volunteered for a little while ushering people to their tables, then I sat with PFLAG. I was honored, they gave me one of their free tickets. Over 1,000 at the breakfast. Very inspiring.
I didn’t even realize it at the time, but before the street unveiling, I parked my car on Harvey Milk St.
Busy week so far! I haven’t had a chance to update my blog at all.
This picture is from Tuesday. The unveiling of Harvey Milk St.!!!!! The first in the world. So, so, so exciting. Harvey’s nephew, Stuart Milk was there to talk to us. It was wonderful. They are replacing Blaine ave… What are the chances lol.
First in the NATION.
Earlier I witnessed history down at City Hall here in San Diego watching the City Council unanimously vote in favor of a street named after the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, Harvey Milk. The first street named after him in the nation will be 15 minutes from my house near the San Diego LGBT Community Center. This, is awesome.
It was approved in time for the unveiling and after party to happen on Harvey Milk’s birthday! OMG. This, is awesome.
What is NOT awesome is which day that happens to be.
Does this mean anything to you? Because it does to me…
My life. My life as a Glee fanatic. My life as a Gay Rights Activist. Colliding right in front of my face. The collision is beautiful mind you, rainbows and glitter…. but… Gahhh.
As much as I love Glee. As much as I love watching the livestreams and blogging with everyone. I have to be there to see the unveiling of this street. It means to much to everyone in the LGBT Community. And it’s a win in my fight. And I can not miss it. I will DVR Glee, and I will watch it when I get home. Let’s be honest, it’s just prolonging my tears.
After Benny and I left City Hall, we were in his car and I told him that May 22 was also the finale of Glee. This is the conversation that took place after:
Me: Glee season finale is also on May 22. At the same time as the unveiling.
Benny: OH MY GOD! You are going to miss it because you can NOT miss the unveiling! It’s history!
Me: DON’T YOU THINK I KNOW THAT!!! I WILL BE THERE!!! BUT BE NICER TO ME!! IM REALLY SENSITIVE!!! MY KIDS ARE GRADUATING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So that’s that. Two weeks away.