Friday, May 21, 2010

Sunday is Harvey Milk Day in California... A Little History (His Story) And ACTION Can Empower Us All!

"What set Harvey apart from you or me was that he was a visionary. He imagined a righteous world inside his head and then he set about to create it for real, for all of us."

-Anne Kronenberg, Harvey Milk's final campaign manager

California is honoring Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected public official in California.

Tragically, Harvey was assassinated. But we can honor his memory by continuing his fight for equality for ALL - including those of us who are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning!

Check out the Equality Across America website for a listing of ACTIONS you can be part of to stand up in support of
"Equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states."

In August 2009, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Milk the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contribution to the gay rights movement stating "he fought discrimination with visionary courage and conviction".

And also last year, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger designated May 22 as "Harvey Milk Day", and inducted Milk in the California Hall of Fame.

There's two wonderful films about Harvey Milk. The Times Of Harvey Milk, a documentary that won the Academy Award (for best documentary) back in 1984. And Milk, a 2008 biopic that won two Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor (Sean Penn as Milk.)

There's also a picture book, The Harvey Milk Story!

(more on the picture book on Monday!)

Happy Harvey Milk Day - and let's each of us stand up for equality for ALL!

I'm gonna let Harvey have the last word, which I think he would have loved:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I saw that documentary, and it is excellent. What struck me most was that Milk was trying to make a better city, and a better world, for everyone.