I just watched MILK.
I know it's not 'new/in theaters'....but as a gay man....I do believe it is a film every gay person, man or woman, should take the time to watch. You owe it to Harvey Milk, and most importantly... you owe it to yourself.
I knew nothing about this man, Harvey Milk, before watching this film. I not only feel that in itself is incredibly sad but also damaging to the many gay youth who have no one to look up to, no one to represent them and no one to show them they aren't disgusting perverts who deserve solitude and ultimately, suicide. I cannot figure out why no one ever taught me about him in my History class, or about any other gay figure- as I do not know of any. I am ill-informed and uneducated about what has transpired in the years before my birth. I still do not know a single gay person where I live, even at 28. I could tell you a lot about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks and I'm not even a Black American citizen, I'm a White Canadian. Even in Canada, where it's legal for gays to marry, on a social level, it's not a fair or fun playing field. When the word Faggot is used here- not one person stands against it nor is a single shocked reaction seen; but you even try to demean a person by race with one of the many slangs...you are sure to find someone with a problem! That alone should tell you the difference between a movement based on race minority vs. sexual orientation minority. I grew up in a home where "gay" was a bad word and not to be spoken aloud. I grew up feeling bad about myself and therefore not speaking aloud. Even at 28 I still struggle...I feel pathetic that I still have this 'need/feeling' to hide my face from the world because I am afraid that someone I know will leave me for learning/knowing my truth. I have already lost enough. Had a film like MILK been shown to me and my peers while I was in high school, I TRULY believe that things would be different. I guess that in itself is a true testament to this film. How many films can you say have made you realize the importance of just showing your face? I honestly have a lot to think about, a lot to wager and some major decisions to make. I don't even know where to begin...but I'm glad it started with this film.