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How Will Activists Celebrate Harvey Milk Day? By Turning It Into a Fundraising Event

California’s gays have been fighting for years to get a governor to sign off on their Harvey Milk Day — and Gov. Terminator finally did it! So with the first ever state holiday for the renowned homosexual nearly upon us on May 22, surely his hometown of San Francisco is pulling out all the stops to commemorate the special day, right? LOLZ!!

It’s as if SF Weekly‘s Patrick Connors wants to criticize the city for dropping the ball or something.

As you’d expect, there’s lots of stuff happening in San Francisco commemorating the gay icon. What you might not expect is how tame San Francisco’s events are compared to other cities in California and around the country.

Outside of S.F., Milk Day is commemorated with public demonstrations like those we watched (a bit too repetitively) in the 2008 film Milk. New York City is honoring Milk’s activism by organizing a march to City Hall. Los Angeles will have a week of events touching on various topics as well as hosting a Town Hall meeting, a march, and two rallies. Hell, even in St. Louis, they’re marching to City Hall.

Meanwhile, in San Francisco there are no marches planned.

Instead there will be tours and window displays and street fairs and dedications (mostly in the Castro). There will be lots of educational moments and an interfaith blessing. There will be a presentation (but not a demonstration!) against the proposed sit/lie ordinance. That sounds like the most pointed moment of the whole weekend. Did I mention there’s going to be a tricycle race? Let’s not forget the tricycle race.

So if the city can’t get its act together, surely gay activists will fill in the gaps? Enter Equality California’s Geoff Kors — who devoted his life to earning money through activism — who is using Harvey Milk Day to, what else, raise cash with a $75-to-$150-per-head “celebration” the night before. The big draw? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

But just in case you GetEQUAL activist had some shenanigans planned for an elected official playing ball with Gay Inc., don’t think you can just waltz into the affair with signs and megaphones and handcuffs — EQCA is hiding the location of the event. You will only find out where you need to be in SF to hear Pelosi, Mark Leno, and Tom Ammiano speak after you pay your dues, likely an attempt to keep Pelosi safe in her own congressional district from activists who actually have a problem with her.

So at least one GetEQUAL activist (or an informant) will have to pay up.

Update: A location! San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street, at 10am. See you there.

 

[photo: Jerry Pritikin]

By:           Ryan Tedder
On:           May 20, 2010
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  • 10 Comments
    • AndrewW
      AndrewW

      GetATTENTION is using the legacy of Harvey Milk to raise money, not because they effective, but because they are broke. They spent their initial $500,000 on their “strategy of demanding” with no results. They never got the community to participate, so now they need us to donate. We won’t.

      Now, other organizations hide from them – not because they fear them, but to avoid the painful embarrassment they create. The sophomoric idea that we can irritate our way to equality is like Barney Frank said “stupid and immature” and “it doesn’t change any minds.”

      Thankfully, they won’t be around much longer. This weekend we’re supposed to see “thousands” of people marching and yelling and demanding. It will be dozens, at best, and only if they offer free drinks.

      Before GetATTENTION folds, make sure you order your $27.99 “David Mixner T-shirt,” it is sure to be a collectors item.

      In January we knew there we be no votes on anything LGBT-related until AFTER the mid-terms. Then, the demanding and pissing on our friends began. It was a sad carnival side-show. If you want to be an “activist,” try some actions that have a positive effect, like building support or changing some minds – complaining doesn’t. Yelling doesn’t.

      May 20, 2010 at 12:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com
      Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com

      Not only does she not even take the time to actually READ the article above by which she would have discovered it’s NOT ABOUT the group she loves to hate, GetEqual, but like the ever-returning anal wart “AndrewW” is back with more slimy, shameless lies.

      She’s in no position to know ANYTHING about how much money GetEqual or any other group, for that matter, has.

      Her pathetic, desperate lies are motivated by one thing only: GetEqual gets attention and applause and all she gets are posters on every blog he haunts like a cockroach telling her over and over what an idiot she is.

      Walgreens called and your haloperidol prescription is ready. Safeway called and they want their shopping cart back. Again.
      [img]http://www.daydreamersfancydress.co.uk/acatalog/dirtyolecockroach.jpg[/img]

      May 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • QuerToday
      QuerToday

      Don’t ever assume it’s only GetEqual who are brave enough to take direct action against the gay establishment or elected officials.

      May 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Trooper
    • Got Milk?
      Got Milk?

      @QuerToday: Brave? This is BRAVE?

      Anybody can act like a child and pretend their actions are effective. It so easy to be an activist – just make a sign and then run around complaining.

      Gimme my equality.
      Gimme my equality.

      Sign up here: GetEqual.com

      May 20, 2010 at 6:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ActivistBoi
      ActivistBoi

      UPDATED INFO ON PELOSI/EQCA EVENT IN SF:
      Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Join Equality California for Harvey Milk Day Kick Off

      Event kicks off weekend of activities, including mass rally Sat. in San Francisco

      WHAT: The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, will join Equality California to kick off the first-ever Harvey Milk Day at a fundraiser to help elect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates and allies to office.

      WHERE: San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

      WHEN: Friday, May 21, 2010, 6:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.
      *Press should arrive promptly at 6 p.m.

      May 20, 2010 at 7:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jason_Demands
      Jason_Demands

      These brave Activists are changing the political landscape. They are courageous enough to demand our rights or face arrest and police brutality.

      These people are our Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. They are our heroes and we should donate to them and protect them.

      This weekend hundreds of thousands of new angry activists will be taking to the streets. This army will defeat the government that seeks to keep oppressing us all.

      March on brothers and sisters. March on

      May 20, 2010 at 8:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Marcus
      Marcus

      @Jason_Demands: I knew Dan Choi would lead us all to the “promised land.”

      We will get our equality this weekend. The World is watching us. They know we are serious. They know we now have leadership we can respect and admire.

      GetEQUAL has made this revolution possible. Support them. Praise them.

      May 20, 2010 at 9:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • AndrewW
      AndrewW

      GetATTENTION is using the legacy of Harvey Milk to raise money, not because they effective, but because they are broke. They spent their initial $500,000 on their “strategy of demanding” with no results. They never got the community to participate, so now they need us to donate. We won’t.

      Now, other organizations hide from them – not because they fear them, but to avoid the painful embarrassment they create. The sophomoric idea that we can irritate our way to equality is like Barney Frank said “stupid and immature” and “it doesn’t change any minds.”

      Thankfully, they won’t be around much longer. This weekend we’re supposed to see “thousands” of people marching and yelling and demanding. It will be dozens, at best, and only if they offer free drinks.

      Before GetATTENTION folds, make sure you order your $27.99 “David Mixner T-shirt,” it is sure to be a collectors item.

      In January we knew there we be no votes on anything LGBT-related until AFTER the mid-terms. Then, the demanding and pissing on our friends began. It was a sad carnival side-show. If you want to be an “activist,” try some actions that have a positive effect, like building support or changing some minds – complaining doesn’t. Yelling doesn’t.

      May 21, 2010 at 2:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jerry pritikin
      jerry pritikin

      PLEASE NOTE THAT THE IMAGE IN THIS ARTICLE… SHOULD HAVE PLACED THE (c) Jerry Pritikin UNDER MY PHOTOGRAPH

      FOR THE HISTORY OF THAT IMAGE… VISIT:
      http://www.thecastro.net/street/memoriespage/pritikin/scene05.html
      and if you are in the Chicsgo area visit my exhibit at the Gage
      Gallery for Pride Month.
      http://www.lgbt-news.com/2010/05/june-pride-month-celebrated-with-photo.html

      May 22, 2010 at 1:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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