Happy Harvey Milk Day—Now Go Do Something About It

The State of California—and Queerty headquarters—celebrate Harvey Milk day on what would have been the slain politician and civil-rights leader’s 82th birthday.

Just a few months before he was assassinated by former San Francisco supervisor Dan White in 1978, Milk delivered a rousing address at San Francisco’s Gay Freedom Day Parade, calling on other LGBT people to come out to help fight anti-gay politicians.

The times have changed, the message has not:

“I’m tired of the lies of the Anita Bryants and the John Briggs. I’m tired of their myths. I’m tired of their distortions. I’m speaking out about it.

Gay brothers and sisters, what are you going to do about it? You must come out.

Come out to your parents. I know that it is hard and will hurt them but think about how they will hurt you in the voting booth!

Come out to your relatives. I know that is hard and will upset them but think of how they will upset you in the voting booth.

Come out to your friends—if they indeed they are your friends.

Come out to your neighbors, to your fellow workers, to the people who work where you eat and shop.

Come out only to the people you know and who know you. Not to anyone else. But once and for all, break down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions.”

Milk is getting several honors today in the Golden State, including the opening of Harvey Milk Park in Long Beach and Harvey Milk Street in San Diego.

Meanwhile, the right-wing group Save California once again encouraged students to skip school today rather than learn about Milk and the LGBT movement. Because ignorance is bliss!


Photo: San Francisco Public Library