Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Harvey Milk.
A name familiar to many due to the massive success of the Gus Van Sant movie: MILK.

Having just read an amazing biography: The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk by Randy Shilts, I now know far more than the movie Milk would have ever told me.

Don't get me wrong I love that movie, possibly one of my favourite contemporary films, but I think it is fair to say it skips a massive portion of his life.

Did any of you know that Harvey Milk was closeted for the majority of his life. He led two separate lives, one where he was this funny, quirky businessman and the other where he was a passionate lover of the same sex.

His story is fantastic and the way Randy Shilts wrote about him was extremely compelling. There is a mix of journalism with great literature. It also helps that Harvey Milk was quite the character full of hilarious comments that will entertain you throughout the book.

Harvey Milk was active in the 1970s and pushed for change and hope. In our world now, we need to look at the idea that Harvey Milk tried to inspire in us. The idea of hope. The idea that through hope, change is possible.

We also have to come to realise that we are all the same, with minor differences and none of these differences should be highlighted for means of neglect or discrimination.

I would like to see our worldview change on gay rights in the near future.
We need to stop taking steps back and start moving forward.

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