Today marks the 30th anniversary of the day that San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were gunned down in San Francisco’s City Hall.
Milk was the first openly gay person to hold public office in this county, and there is no doubt that his death accelerated the gay rights movement.
The movement continues to accelerate.
Just in the past few months we’ve seen gay marriage move from being a liberal consideration to an issue of national debate. The passage of California’s Proposition 8, which seeks to change the state’s constitution to deny gays and lesbians the right to marry, has sparked a national outcry and new calls to examine our civil rights ideals. Our president-elect, Barack Obama, pointedly acknowledged gay people in his acceptance speech and assembled a transition team that includes at least seven gay individuals.
I could write a list that would stretch down this page.
With the impending release of Gus Van Sant’s movie Milk, and the anniversary of his tragic death, there is considerable focus on the remarkable life of Harvey Milk.
I think today is a good time to stop for a moment and consider how far we’ve come. Gather with your family – biological or created – and give thanks for the people who have helped to guide us here. There are still roadblocks to equality. The important thing is that we keep moving forward.
I came across this video by CauseCast.org that overlays the life of Harvey Milk with civil rights milestones.
If this much can happen in the short life of one man, just think where the future can take us