Harvey Milk & Billie Jean King To Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom - America's highest civilan honor

  • metta

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    Jul 30, 2009 7:03 PM GMT

    National G&L Taskforce



    Task Force applauds White House announcement that Harvey Milk and Billie Jean King will receive Presidential Medal of Freedom
    July 30, 2009


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    WASHINGTON, July 30 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauds the inclusion of two extraordinary gay and lesbian leaders — the late Harvey Milk and Billie Jean King — in the White House's list of recipients of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom. The award, the nation's highest civilian honor, is bestowed upon individuals who make an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

    Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
    National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

    "Today's White House announcement of Medal of Freedom awards to the late Harvey Milk and to Billie Jean King honors two openly gay and lesbian people for their outstanding contributions to the nation. We applaud and cheer that Harvey Milk and Billie Jean King's dedication to freedom and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and for women and girls is at last being recognized with our country's highest civilian honor. Harvey Milk and Billie Jean King are trailblazers whose courage, commitment and perseverance have brought our country to a better place. How utterly appropriate that they will receive an award named the 'Medal of Freedom.'

    "We also applaud the inclusion of Sen. Edward Kennedy, who has been a longtime advocate and leader in the U.S. Senate on a host of legislative initiatives pertaining to HIV/AIDS and LGBT equality; and of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Rev. Joseph Lowery, two faith leaders who have been outspoken on and supportive of LGBT issues. Each of these recipients has indeed made important contributions toward equality and justice."



    http://www.thetaskforce.org/press/releases/pr_073009

    2009 Recipients:
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2009-Medal-of-Freedom-Recipients/


    I hope that Bayard Rustin eventually gets this honor as well.
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    Jul 30, 2009 7:19 PM GMT
    Who cares?

    I wish he'd quit throwing these lame prizes our way. I want equal rights when it comes to marriage, not this type of bullshit.
  • danisnotstr8

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    Jul 30, 2009 7:21 PM GMT
    Tapper saidWho cares?

    I wish he'd quit throwing these lame prizes our way. I want equal rights when it comes to marriage, not this type of bullshit.


    He's rounding up the troops, so to speak. He's using diplomacy to sway popular opinion. Give it time. We'll see it happen in the next couple years... it just can't happen overnight. The nation is at a breaking point.
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    Jul 30, 2009 7:24 PM GMT
    danisnotstr8 said
    Tapper saidWho cares?

    I wish he'd quit throwing these lame prizes our way. I want equal rights when it comes to marriage, not this type of bullshit.


    He's rounding up the troops, so to speak. He's using diplomacy to sway popular opinion. Give it time. We'll see it happen in the next couple years... it just can't happen overnight. The nation is at a breaking point.


    And it looks like it's breaking to the right and Obama isn't doing anything to stop it, except caving in to the right. The White House might not be homophobic, but it does seem to be homo-ambivalent.
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    Jul 30, 2009 7:33 PM GMT
    danisnotstr8 said
    Tapper saidWho cares?

    I wish he'd quit throwing these lame prizes our way. I want equal rights when it comes to marriage, not this type of bullshit.


    He's rounding up the troops, so to speak. He's using diplomacy to sway popular opinion. Give it time. We'll see it happen in the next couple years... it just can't happen overnight. The nation is at a breaking point.


    Why doesn't he start by rounding up our troops overseas? That's priority number one. Then, he can pull his head out of his two-faced ass and give us what he promised he'd deliver.

    The only opinions Obama seems to care about are those belonging to the right.

    I was on the subway this morning and noticed today's El Diario cover story (I think that's the one). It read "Obama = Bush." That sums it up nicely.
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    Jul 30, 2009 7:49 PM GMT
    Tapper said
    I was on the subway this morning and noticed today's El Diario cover story (I think that's the one). It read "Obama = Bush." That sums it up nicely.


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    Shit, he still gotta deal with 50 Senators and 300 plus congressional representatives.
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    Jul 30, 2009 8:04 PM GMT
    Glad to hear that! Hope it's the first of many. Nice break from Bush's awards!
  • calibro

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    Jul 30, 2009 8:25 PM GMT
    pander much?
  • metta

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    Aug 13, 2009 7:55 AM GMT
    I appreciate it for what it is.

    Billy Jean King: 5:20 min., accepting: 22:15
    Harvey Milk: at 8:12 min., nephew accepting 26:08

    It is important for all people, especially GLBT youth, to see the appreciation of achievements in the GLBT community.

    Being cynical about this belittles the recognition of the accomplishments of the recipients.


  • SFGeoNinja

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    Aug 13, 2009 8:24 AM GMT
    This seems like such a worthless, throwaway gesture to me. Why is the Obama White House awarding a posthumous medal to one of the greatest civil rights heroes in American history after so loudly showing his indifference to our community and the support millions of gays gave him this past November? Where has Obama been on Defense of Marriage Act that effectively prevents gay couples from receiving benefits regardless of what our more liberal states do? What has he been saying about DADT? Countries with macho, militaristic cultures like Israel already have gays openly serving in their military. Obama could easily make the case for gay equality a thousand times stronger than what he has done so far: with the economy recovering from collapse, our troops stretched desperately thin in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Republicans drowning in a downward spiral, you couldn't ask for a better time to make the case. As one of Obama's strongest constituencies, Milk should be getting a hell of a lot more than some fucking medal. Didn't MLK get his own national holiday? Kids don't even learn about Harvey Milk in schools, few textbooks in the mention even his name. For a man who helped catalyze the cultural liberation of the 10% of our population that is gay or bisexual (and heterosexuals as well), we owe him so much more than a medal. This move by Obama to me feels like a slap in the face, a weak attempt at compromise.
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    Aug 13, 2009 8:29 AM GMT
    Tapper saidWho cares?

    I wish he'd quit throwing these lame prizes our way. I want equal rights when it comes to marriage, not this type of bullshit.


    Yeah I agree. LOL I want to draw a comic on this now. I can see Obama giving speeches about giving gays rights, then in the end he gives them a gold star and says "good for you. go gays," and that's it. lol ...and honestly that's all that's happened in reality....so far.
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    Aug 13, 2009 8:31 AM GMT
    jakebensonQLOL I want to draw a comic on this now. I can see Obama giving speeches about giving gays rights, then in the end he gives them a gold star and says "good for you. go gays," and that's it. lol ...and honestly that's all that's happened in reality....so far.


    I 100% agree!