Today the #GayEdlerCircle reflects on #HarveyMilkDay. His spirit will not fade away. A Gay Man who gave hope to many LGBTQ+ persons. His words are still a valuable source of inspiration. His words inspire this writer to advocate for LGBTQ+ Seniors and keep an open dialog on LGBTQ+ issues with our local elected officials.
Harvey Milk was one of the first openly Gay elected official in the United States. He won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Harvey Milk made a commitment to serving a broad constituency, not just LGBT people, which helped make Milk an effective and popular supervisor. His ambitious reform agenda included protecting gay rights—he sponsored an important anti-discrimination bill—as well as establishing day care centers for working mothers, the conversion of military facilities in the city to low-cost housing, reform of the tax code to attract industry to deserted warehouses and factories, and other issues.
In one of his eloquent speeches, Milk spoke of the American ideal of equality, proclaiming, “Gay people, we will not win our rights by staying quietly in our closets. … We are coming out to fight the lies, the myths, the distortions. We are coming out to tell the truths about gays, for I am tired of the conspiracy of silence, so I’m going to talk about it. And I want you to talk about it. You must come out.”
A voice from out collective California past that still inspires and moves us forward today.