Sunday, November 27, 2011


Long before Ellen Degeneres graced that magazine cover and Dan Savage inspired youth with the "It Gets Better" campaign, Harvey Milk became the first openly gay man elected to public office in California. He told us we didn't have to hide, he encouraged us to come our hometowns or to San Francisco.

On this day in 1978, he was assassinated by Twinkie-eating Dan White. With thanks to the incredibly detailed writing of Randy Shilts and the Oscar-winning movie penned by Dustin Lance Black and starring Sean Penn, Harvey Milk lives on as a martyr and as a figure who represents the need to fight for change and full acceptance.

Let's march on, inspired by Milk's speech about hope.

Thank you, Harvey.


Rick Modien said...

Thank you, Harvey, indeed. What an amazing man and movie.

Rural Gay said...

If you ever get the chance, read The Mayor of Castro Street by the late Randy Shilts who also wrote And the Band Played on. In both books, the writing is full of details from extensive interviews and the characters stand out.