Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Death in the Family

  Towleroad reminds us that 34 years ago today San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated. That Dan White got a slap on the wrist for the murders ("voluntary manslaughter"???) only made the whole thing more devastating -- how that jury walked around with their heads up is beyond me -- but more than three decades later it is Milk's legacy above all that lives on. "Milk" was great, but if you haven't seen the Academy Award-winning documentary "The Times of Harvey Milk," then I strongly recommend it.


bill said...

Thank you for reminding me of this sad anniversary. As a Bay Area native I remember all this going down, how angry our community was for the lenient sentencing.

There are only a handful of people that have done as much for the gay/lesbian/transgender community as Harvey Milk, no doubt he will be remembered always.


Michael said...

bb, thank you for you comment.

greg said...

I visited San Francisco for the first time this year. Walking down Castro Street and seeing Harvey Milk's camera shop and knowing that he lived above it at the time of his murder was very sobering. Just a couple minutes away is an LGBT history museum with Milk's kitchen table, jeans, t-shirt, etc. The older I get, the more I realize and appreciate how just heroic he was in the advancement of gay rights in this country.

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