Today is the second “Harvey Milk Day” in California. The day commemorates Harvey’s birthday and celebrates his accomplishments and contributions to the GLBT community. Last month on Outbeat Now! we featured stories about how you can celebrate Harvey Milk Day by visiting the new GLBT museum in San Francisco and how you can learn more about GLBT history.
I was in high school at the time Harvey was assassinated. I remember the story well, but didn’t really know who Harvey Milk was and how important he would become to my own civil rights. We all owe it to Harvey Milk to know his story, to share it, and to appreciate his courage. His work paved the way for all of us to have it a little easier today than he did. Of course, Harvey Milk took a lead role in helping to re-shape the relationship between law enforcement and the gay community. The 1960’s and 1970’s were violent times between the police and our community. Harvey used the power of his words to organize peaceful demonstrations.
This year, while preparing for the monthly GLBT radio show that I co-host, I had the honor to meet and talk with Paul Boneberg who is the executive director of the GLBT History Museum in San Francisco. We met at the museum and sat around Harvey Milk’s actual kitchen table. Sitting on the table was the real bull horn he used, some articles of his clothing, and a strong sense of history. What an experience. If you get to the Castro in San Francisco, be sure and visit the museum.
If you cannot get to the GLBT Museum in San Francisco, take some time to watch these video clips of some of the most famous moments in our history.
You can learn more about Harvey Milk by watching two movies and by visiting some of websites listed below.