Milk is the much anticipated new movie from auteur Gus Van Sant and chronicles the assasination of charismatic Harvey Milk in 1978. Milk was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California. His legacy is still apparent in San Francisco today where Milk is still a hero of the Bay Area.
On November 27 1978, Milk and Mayor George Moscone were shot and killed by another city supervisor, Dan White. White had recently resigned from his position and wanted his job back and blamed his former colleagues for denying his attempt to rescind his resignation from the board. White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter after using the infamous “Twinkie Defense,” sighting his addiction to sugary foods as a factor of his depression and subsequently a cause of his diminished responsibility in the deaths of these two men. White served just five years in jail and was released in January 1984. He committed suicide the following October 1985.
It really annoys me when educated men and women use the “marriage is between a man and a woman and has been for the last 5,000 years, so why change.” Sure, why change laws. Let’s take away the vote from women because men have written the law for the last 5,000 years. Let’s not mix the races. Let’s follow a book and not change the contents of that book because our life is no different now than it was 2,000 years ago. While we are at, let’s not have any progress at all and live our lives as it was written 5,000 years ago.
These people are idiots. Get with the times. Do they actually think that gay and lesbian people will just disappear from the face of the earth if they are denied the same rights as the rest of the population? These people pretend that they “tolerate” gay people, yet they don’t want to see them or have them in their own “backyard.”
Let’s not welcome any gays, let’s not welcome any foreigners, let’s not welcome anyone remotely different.
I feel sorry for these narrow minded people. How boring their lives must be. I have lived in many cities, I have lived in many countries, and I have mixed with different groups in this world society. Without that education and without the guts, I would be still living in a small 1,300 year old village and learning about the world and its people from the media. And I think we all know how much the media distorts people and places.
Don’t believe what you see and what you read. Instead, buy a ticket to Elsewhere and get yourself an education and an understanding of humanity. While you’re at it, take a trip to San Francisco where gay and lesbians don’t hide away like scared rabbits. Get a life and get a heart.
I’m a liberal and I believe in equal rights. Which is why I have a real problem with this article: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-cannick8-2008nov08,0,3295255.story?track=ntothtml The black lesbian who wrote this article states that black people have it worse than gays because they can’t hide the color of their skin. She says that she didn’t care a hoot about Prop 8 because she sees it as a white struggle. I’m annoyed at this because I think of all the white people, me included, who have given a hoot about blacks having equal rights over the last 45 years.
What this black lesbian doesn’t experience is racism in the workplace or in the bar and club or street because in this politically correct and forward thinking state of ours, no one is going to say any thing against a black person. In every office I have worked in in California I have experienced blatant homophobia from blacks and whites. While no one will dare to be racist in the office, the same does not apply to homophobia. I have experienced name calling and ridicule and contempt from straight workers towards gay workers and I have had straight people whisper to me their dislike of the gay in the office. Each time I’ve expressed my objection of their hate and threatened to report them, their smile would turn to dread and they would pretend that they were “only joking.”
This so called liberal state of ours has straight people shouting and threatening gays on the streets yet these same people wouldn’t dare do the same to black people. I was shocked at the blatant homophobia in offices in San Francisco, of all places, and especially from the black workers in the office. One guy actually came up to me and bent his wrist and joked about a gay guy in the office. This was two years ago in SF. When I told him I was going to report him, he practically had a baby. Not once did I hear any bad word against a black person because people are too scared. People aren’t scared of gay name calling because society still lets them get away with it. And this is still evident in the media.
So, miss black lesbian, I couldn’t care about your “struggle.” What struggle for you? You are a writer. As a black woman you can marry a man. As a lesbian you can not marry a woman. So who is the fool here? You don’t have equal rights, not because you are black, but because you are gay. Think about it, and yet you were knocking on doors, and after door after door, your equal rights as a lesbian slowly eroded away.