Today would be Harvey Milk’s 79th birthday. As I travel through the country, listening to people in each state discuss their fight for equality, I am amazed at how far we have come since Milk’s election in 1978. I am also being made quite aware of how far we still have to go. I am in South Carolina this morning, headed to Georgia in a couple hours. South Carolina just elected their first openly-gay official, Nicholas Shalosky, to the Charleston School Board, 30 years after Harvey Milk was elected. Things move slow in the South, but they are moving.
Let’s celebrate Harvey Milk’s birthday today by committing to be active participants in the movement for LGBTQ equality. The California Supreme Court’s decision on the legality of Prop 8 will be released within the next 10 days. On the night of the announcement, there will be rallies held in cities across the country. If the court strikes down Prop 8, we will be celebrating. If the court upholds Prop 8, we will protest. Take a minute right now and find a city near you that is hosting a rally. Sign up for email or text message alerts. Get your friends to agree to come to the rally too. Let’s remember Harvey Milk by doing what he was did. Let’s recruit!
If you live in California, attend one of the candlelight vigils taking place tonight at 7:00PM and urge the governor to sign the recently passed legislation that would designate May 22nd as Harvey Milk Day.
I’ll be wearing my GOT MILK button today as I travel through the South, working to promote LGBTQ equality, and thinking about my hero, Harvey Milk.