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The Gays Who Spent ‘DADT Saturday’ Protesting HRC’s Harvey Milk Exploits

OH SNAP — Michael Petrelis and “more than fifty” protesters yesterday morning demonstrate against HRC taking over Harvey Milk’s Castro Camera shop.

By:           Max Simon
On:           Dec 19, 2010
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  • 14 Comments
    • alan brickman
      alan brickman

      Awesome!!! BUT YOU COULD ALL HIT A GYM!! Bring back morning goods!!

      Dec 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ewe
      ewe

      HRC is not exactly the Phelps Westboro Clan. This is kinda dumb.

      Dec 19, 2010 at 1:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dan
      Dan

      More than fifty? Really? Check the photo, I count no more than 10.

      Dec 19, 2010 at 1:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jorge
      Jorge

      This is dumb, we’re all on the same team. And half of those people don’t even look old enough to have be around when Milk was. It just seems like people trying to latch onto something for the sake of latching.

      Dec 19, 2010 at 2:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jacknasty
      jacknasty

      I just don’t get why anybody cares, to be honest. If a legacy is threatened by another organization working in the same space than the legacy wasn’t very strong to begin with. Harvey Milk’s legacy is strong and will be remembered. There are many worse groups that could have taken over that space. It is not as if it is becoming the new Focus on the Family headquarters or anything.

      Dec 19, 2010 at 2:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jerry Pritikin
      Jerry Pritikin

      I am a fan of Mike Petrelis, but in this case he and the protesters are wrong! I lived in the Castro before Harvey opened his store, and like Harvey was involved in the early gay rights movement. I was a photographer, and my image of Harvey on 6/7/77 via the Associated Press introduced Harvey nationally, 5 months before he was elected… as the key spokesperson fighting against Anita Bryant.

      What most people are not aware of is that Harvey Milk was forced out of the 575 Castro Location, in December of 1977, by his gay landlord Paul Langley, when he raised Harvey’s rent nearly a thousand bucks a month.Harvey then relocated on Market Street near Castro. That same landlord raised the rent of the Elephant Walk Bar, at 18th & Castro from $6,000 to 12,000. a month in the late 1980′s. Then Langley had the Chutzpah to rename it Harvey’s! He asked me to sell him some of my iconic images, and memorabilia for the bar. I turned him down… because I knew his history in the Castro.

      Almost 2 months ago, the HRC asked me for my permission to reproduce my Milk image, as a mural of the back wall at their new location at 575 Castro. I told their representative that I have had problems with some of the HRC agendas… and was negotiating with them when the protest began. The HRC was going to pay the Harvey B Milk Foundation a fee, for any of their products that bared Harvey’s portrait, however I would not have agreed that my Milk images be used on T-shirts or tote bags. However, I am sadden, that my Milk Mural is now off, because of the protest lead by Cleve Jones and others. Cleve is getting ready to run for office, and moved back to San Francisco for the resident requirements. I thought that my Milk mural would of been a great inspiring image for the HRC store. As for the protesters… I still believe they were wrong… and even if it’s 20 years to late, they should of protested in front of that bar called Harvey’s… Their owner deserves it!

      Dec 19, 2010 at 2:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • justinC
      justinC

      HRC was the group that brokered the DADT “compromise repeal of DADT” back in February. Nobody wants to admit that, but they did.

      Dec 19, 2010 at 9:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Derek
      Derek

      I appreciate Jerry Pritikin’s informative insight in comment no. 6.

      I think these protesters could find a much better outlet for their time.

      I don’t understand the animosity toward the HRC. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. If you don’t like it, don’t donate to it. But, they have definitely done some good.

      To use a poor cliche, we may all be in different pews, but I think most of us are in the same church. We could use a little “live and let live” in the gay movement.

      I would be interested to know the identities of these protesters and what they have done for the gay rights movement that is constructive.

      Dec 19, 2010 at 9:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
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      webtemplate99

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      Dec 20, 2010 at 4:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jerry Pritikin
      Jerry Pritikin

      #9 is SPAM!

      Dec 20, 2010 at 8:27 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • whatever
      whatever

      Comes across as internal bitchfighting with no real purpose.

      Dec 20, 2010 at 10:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • L.J.
      L.J.

      @whatever: Exactly.

      Dec 20, 2010 at 1:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jerry Pritikin
      Jerry Pritikin

      @Derek:
      Thanks for the kind words… I recommend a great web-site that is dedicated to the evolution of the Castro into America’s gay Mecca!
      http://www.thecastro.net/

      I have some images and stories there,too.
      http://www.thecastro.net/street/memoriespage/pritikin/pritikin.html

      take a peek at my 5th page for the story behind my iconic Milk image.
      Thanks
      Jerry

      Dec 20, 2010 at 3:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • edgyguy1426
      edgyguy1426

      @alan brickman: You can’t find any good porn on the internet?

      Dec 20, 2010 at 7:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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