Friday, May 22, 2015

Harvey Milk Day

Today is Harvey Milk Day!  In my opinion Harvey Milk was a brave and intelligent man who used logic and humor to further equality for the GLBT community.  Many of this words are just as true and inspirational now as they were when he uttered them nearly 40 years ago.

12 memorable Harvey Milk quotes:
  1. "Gay brothers and sisters, you must come out!  Destroy the lies and distortions.  For your sake; for their sake."
  2. "I have never considered myself a candidate.  I have always considered myself part of a movement."
  3. "I would like to see every gay doctor come out, every gay lawyer, every gay architect come out.  Stand up and let the world know!  That would do more to end prejudice overnight than anyone could imagine."
  4. "You have to give them hope."
  5. "If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door in the country."
  6. "Without hope, not only gays but the blacks, the seniors, the handicapped, the us'es - the us'es will give up... Because if a gay person makes it, the doors are open to everyone."
  7. "Hope will never be silent."
  8. "My name is Harvey Milk and I'm here to recruit you."
  9. "Coming out is the most political thing you can do."
  10. "Burst down those closet doors once and for all and stand up and start to fight."
  11. "All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential."
  12. "All men are created equal.  No matter how hard they try they can never erase those words.  That is what America is about."

1 comment:

Biki Honko said...

Mr. Milk was a true hero, not just for LGBT folks but for all of humanity. He firmly believed in the mantra that unless we are all free, none of us are.

I had a conversation with a very young friend of mine, shes all of 19 but wise beyond her years, who said, "In 20 years all these stupid old fucks will be dead and our country will be free of LGBT bigotry." Even better, she is straight!