This Saturday would have been Harvey Milk's 80th birthday, had he not been slain by Dan White in 1978.
Harvey Milk, was the first openly gay elected official in the US when he was won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Just 11 short months later he and Mayor George Moscone were savagely murdered in City Hally by Dan White. White was later convicted of manslaughter rather than murder when he used the defense that he was "high on sugar" and was therefore 'incapable of the premeditation required for a murder conviction.'
Harvey was a tireless supporter of the LGBT rights, relucantly at first but then embracing it. Can you say the same thing? Are you a tireless supporter of LGBT rights? You should be - no one else is going to stand up for you. If you've been looking for a reason to stand up and make some noise then there's no better time than the present.
You may feel as though there's so many things going on now, DADT, DOMA, Civil Unions that you really can't help...well you're wrong. This week is 'Chicago's Harvey Milk Week of Action' and there's plenty that you can do to help raise awareness to the LGBT community and the rights that we deserve. You may feel as though there's so many things going on now, DADT, DOMA, Civil Unions that you really can't help...well you're wrong. There's plenty going on this week that you can get involved in.
This Saturday is national Harvey Milk Day of Action and a rally is being planned right here in Chicago that you can take part of. If you've never been to a protest or a rally, all I can tell you is that it is an amazing feeling. The first rally I went to was to protest Prop 8 in California, not only was it amazing to be surrounded by so many like-minded people but it was so powerful to then take all of those people and march up Michigan Avenue in solidarity. Now you can enjoy that same feeling.
Get to Michigan & Congress Avenues at 1PM on Saturday for a Rally when we will join forces and demand full Federal Equality for all LGBT people as we march up Michigan Avenue. Don't you think that you should be able to marry your partner? Shouldn't you get the same tax benefits as straight couples? Don't you think that you should be able to make medical decisions for your partner? You can't do any of those things now because we have no rights at the Federal Level.