Leading from the Left

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Got Milk? Got Hope?

This Thanksgiving marks the 30th anniversary of the assisination of Harvey Milk. Milk, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, was one of the first openly gay elected officials in the US and his election caused a shock wave across the Country. At the time anti-gay hate was at a peak (one of many, it turns out), with the rise of Anita Bryant in Florida and the Brigg's initiative in California.

Milk gave a speech about why it's important to elect openly gay people to office. It still resonates today and is worth a listen. Keep an eye out for the new Gus Van Sant movie about Harvey Milk which is set to open locally in mid-December. Sean Penn plays Milk in a performance that's generating Oscar buzz.