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Harvey Milk Day — Would You Support It?

If you didn't grow up in San Francisco, and maybe if you did, you might not have heard of slain gay-rights activist Harvey Milk until Milk hit theaters last year. Sean Penn, who won the Oscar for his portrayal of the nation's first openly gay person elected to major office, wants to continue promoting Milk's legacy. Yesterday in SF, Sean teamed up with state Senator Mark Leno to announce legislation creating a Harvey Milk Day in California.

May 22 wouldn't be a holiday, but it would be an occasion for teachers to talk about how the San Francisco supervisor fought for equal rights. The bill says that it would be "a day of special significance in California," in which public schools would be encouraged "to conduct suitable commemorative exercises on Harvey Milk's life and his contributions to the state."

Fellow-actor Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill similar to the one supported by Penn last year. Do you think the governor should support it?


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kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
Yeah, Smack, I saw that too, I was like, what does the real person look like? LOL. Why put Sean Penn on there? LOL.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
Yeah, Smack, I saw that too, I was like, what does the real person look like? LOL. Why put Sean Penn on there? LOL.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
:rotfl: Very good point smack
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
:rotfl:Very good point smack
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
My question is: Why are we showing pics mostly of Sean Penn? How about an actual picture of Mr. Milk at the forefront of this page? We are discussing if he should get a day, but we can't even give him a picture?
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
My question is: Why are we showing pics mostly of Sean Penn? How about an actual picture of Mr. Milk at the forefront of this page? We are discussing if he should get a day, but we can't even give him a picture?
mayeb63 mayeb63 7 years
Like PensaGrey said, I'm so glad I don't live in CA. If I did, I would have to say "no".
OhMyDragonflys OhMyDragonflys 7 years
Nah. I don't think so.
OhMyDragonflys OhMyDragonflys 7 years
Nah. I don't think so.
AlliJean AlliJean 7 years
absolutely!
AlliJean AlliJean 7 years
absolutely!
PensaGrey PensaGrey 7 years
I'm glad I don't live in California.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Everyone should have a day.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Everyone should have a day.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 7 years
I wouldn't want to call the national holiday gay day, because we are honoring someone in particular for the trials and triculations they have endured. just like mlk we celebrate him and all african american, milk day would be the same.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
yesterday was national square root day. everything has a day it sems. and milk was actually remembered more for the way he died than what he did when he was alive until the movie. not sure the day needs to be named for one specific person in the gay rights movement. surely in the last 30 years there have been others that contributed.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
yesterday was national square root day. everything has a day it sems.and milk was actually remembered more for the way he died than what he did when he was alive until the movie.not sure the day needs to be named for one specific person in the gay rights movement. surely in the last 30 years there have been others that contributed.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 7 years
If it's a national holiday were the courthouse is closed I’m all for it, loli say yes, we need to remember the things that people have fought for and sacrificed for, when will we honor them? What will we tell our children, that may encounter some of these prejudices, (homosexuality, interracial dating, hate because of your skin or religion) how will they know that these people exist? How will our children know of MLK, Rosa Parks, Harvey Milk, Caesar Chavez and all the other great people if we don’t recognize them and people can say they don’t need a day to remember these people, yes that may be true, but our children should have the right to know, just in case they encounter themselves in a situation that is not up to society’s standards of living.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 7 years
If it's a national holiday were the courthouse is closed I’m all for it, lol i say yes, we need to remember the things that people have fought for and sacrificed for, when will we honor them? What will we tell our children, that may encounter some of these prejudices, (homosexuality, interracial dating, hate because of your skin or religion) how will they know that these people exist? How will our children know of MLK, Rosa Parks, Harvey Milk, Caesar Chavez and all the other great people if we don’t recognize them and people can say they don’t need a day to remember these people, yes that may be true, but our children should have the right to know, just in case they encounter themselves in a situation that is not up to society’s standards of living.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
"tired of all the singling out and having to make a special day for this and that." I would actually like to live in a world where we don't need these days Kimpossible however against a collective overbearing wall of hostility which struck out to take this mans life and even a couple friends of my own and a general ignorance about homosexuality that seems to permeate our social fabric we need arrow heads of truth like this to beat it back.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
"tired of all the singling out and having to make a special day for this and that."I would actually like to live in a world where we don't need these days Kimpossible however against a collective overbearing wall of hostility which struck out to take this mans life and even a couple friends of my own and a general ignorance about homosexuality that seems to permeate our social fabric we need arrow heads of truth like this to beat it back.
stephley stephley 7 years
I think it makes sense to honor the people who put themselves out there in the beginning, often at great personal risk, and advance the cause of equal rights. Anything that comes after is easier because of them.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
Don't we have enough special days as it is? I'm not saying the man didn't do good things and didn't make a difference. I'm just tired of all the singling out and having to make a special day for this and that.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Yes I think the bill should be supported and passed. A day of recognition and remembrance for the person who galvanized the (equal) rights movement is not unreasonable nor is it a threat to those who may disagree with homosexuality. As far as teachers are concerned I think they should be held to telling the whole story but at the same time without passionate overtures towards Milk. Their job is simply to impart the history with passion for the subject. Leave it up to the students to feel passionate about him or not.This history is important to know because there are homosexual youth who need to know this history plain and simple and it will provide homophobic youth with an introspective look at their feelings and why they have them to begin with. If Gov. Schwarzenegger is afraid of pissing off the homophobic community I would suggest he reconsider because it is his last term anyway and he would be doing something for the greater good of our social well being.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Yes I think the bill should be supported and passed. A day of recognition and remembrance for the person who galvanized the (equal) rights movement is not unreasonable nor is it a threat to those who may disagree with homosexuality. As far as teachers are concerned I think they should be held to telling the whole story but at the same time without passionate overtures towards Milk. Their job is simply to impart the history with passion for the subject. Leave it up to the students to feel passionate about him or not. This history is important to know because there are homosexual youth who need to know this history plain and simple and it will provide homophobic youth with an introspective look at their feelings and why they have them to begin with. If Gov. Schwarzenegger is afraid of pissing off the homophobic community I would suggest he reconsider because it is his last term anyway and he would be doing something for the greater good of our social well being.
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