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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 8 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 8 years
:rotfl: Very good point smack
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 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 8 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 8 years
Nah. I don't think so.
AlliJean AlliJean 8 years
absolutely!
PensaGrey PensaGrey 8 years
I'm glad I don't live in California.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Everyone should have a day.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
scratch that first part, he made a difference in SF i guess and i can see why others would look up to him. but it seems like until they have equal rights i just dont see the point.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
So we should honor people who didn't even make a difference? Do we honor the person who almost wins the race? No, we don't. If SF wants to make a day, then they should, but nationally I think it would be in poor taste and more of a political move then a genuine honor.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Well said, Jillness!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I wouldn't celebrate this. He didn't do anything nationally. If they want to celebrate this in SF, I see no problem with that.
rivrchild rivrchild 8 years
Agree with Jillness 100%.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I say Yes. Gay people still do not have 100% equal rights, but he was a champion who brought this issue to light. When MLK jr. died, African Americans still did not have 100% equal rights, but that doesn't mean he didn't do so much to really jump start the process for equality.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
yes I would. I agree that there are other very important things that don't have their own day, but I don't see why that matters in having a Harvey Milk day. I don't see how supporting it would be a bad thing at all.
allthingspop allthingspop 8 years
There are too many American heroes that have not been honored. If he gets a day than so should many, many, many other people who are heroes to their culture/community. Giving him a day, when gays do not have equal rights, is kinda insulting I think. Give the day to the pioneer who does secure equal rights for all.
blackdresses88 blackdresses88 8 years
I'm def pro-gay rights and gay marriage and everything of that sort. But no, I wouldn't support a Harvey Milk day. What he did was great and important for people to know about, but at the same time, there are so many other, more monumental things that don't have their own "day."
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Everyone doesn't have the same rights though and I think until they do there's no reason for a day honoring this guy.
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