"You got to give them hope."

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    May 23, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
    May 22 was Harvey Milk Day.

    After becoming the first openly gay man elected to public office, Harvey Milk was no stranger to death threats. Milk once said, "If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door."

    Our progress as a community today is built on the shoulders of giants like this guy. All of us who worry about whether people perceive us as masculine enough or who feel that our sexuality is no one's business but our own should always remember this. Closet doors are reinforced by fear. Go out and be bold. Harvey Milk would have it no other way.
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    May 23, 2011 11:03 AM GMT
    I fear no matter the standing of homosexuality in the community. We will always have closet doors, because we will always have people who fear being diffrent, and rejected for being so.
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    May 23, 2011 12:36 PM GMT
    Which goes right back to Harvey's point, which was that everyone knows someone who is gay... they just don't necessarily know they do. The more of us who are out, the bigger our political clout. Power in numbers.

    At any rate, my original posting was simply meant to be a praise posting for Mr. Milk and the rest of the folks that really paved the way for all the progress we have witnessed to date.
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    May 23, 2011 9:23 PM GMT
    My hats off to Harvey and others like him. I would only add from personal experience that being authentic and embracing who you are will change your life and likely the lives of many others.

    One of my favorite quotes is "Fear is the great crippler of human potential." Living in fear is not truly living.
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    May 23, 2011 9:32 PM GMT
    Harvey Milk was actually a Goldwater Republican and Army Lieutenant at one time. It was only after coming out and discovering the most liberal politicians supported gays...that he became the flaming liberal activist. And we're all better off for it.

    Willie Brown, Democratic former Speaker of the California House, actually supported gay rights back in 1964...so California and San Francisco were as good a places as any to start.
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    May 23, 2011 9:37 PM GMT
    BRIX saidWhich goes right back to Harvey's point, which was that everyone knows someone who is gay... they just don't necessarily know they do. The more of us who are out, the bigger our political clout. Power in numbers.

    At any rate, my original posting was simply meant to be a praise posting for Mr. Milk and the rest of the folks that really paved the way for all the progress we have witnessed to date.


    One was not slagging Milk. Just pointing out my feelings on his view. I myself point out all the time we all know a homosexual, and many people are married to a bisexual and don't even know it. But if us homosexuals the world over had equality, we would still get young gay youth committing suicide. Oh and as an Aussie the name Harvey milk never meant anything to me until recent years either.