Waiting With Pride, Dignity, and Hope

By: Saturday June 15, 2013 9:03 am

Several times in the next two weeks, the justices of the Supreme Court of the United States will file into their ornate Washington DC courtroom at 10AM, and issue their judgments on a variety of major cases that have been under consideration during the past 9 months, including Hollingsworth v Perry (Prop 8) and US v Windsor (DOMA). SCOTUS watchers have been parsing the legal filings by both sides. Scholars have been dissecting the oral arguments, to see which points of law seem to be at the center of these cases. Pundits have been predicting how the court might rule for months. Soon, the opinion will be released, and the follow-up analysis will begin.

Meanwhile, we wait.

And for many, that waiting is done with increasingly powerful pride.

God Laughs at Prop 8 and DOMA

By: Monday January 7, 2013 6:30 pm

SCOTUS made one of their periodic announcement of the schedule of arguments for upcoming cases for which they had granted a hearing, and I could not help but hear God laughing in the background. Let me draw your attention to this portion of the announcement, via SCOTUSblog…

Ready, Shoot, Aim and Wayne LaPierre’s World of Demons

By: Saturday December 22, 2012 9:04 am

After listening to Wayne LaPierre’s thoughful remarks to advance the respectful discussion of the role of guns in our society . . .

Nope, I just can’t do it.

I wanted to try not to laugh at LaPierre’s comments, but that’s not possible, not even with a 24 hour waiting period. Watching him speak yesterday, I alternated between laughter and tears, as I witnessed a sad spectacle of a man so blind to the real world, so callous as to want to exploit tragedy for commercial gain, or both.

By the end, LaPierre showed us all that he lives in a world filled with demons, and the only thing we can do is adopt the new motto of the NRA: Ready, Shoot, Aim.

Happy National Coming Out Day…messages from Harvey Milk

By: Thursday October 11, 2012 10:01 am

Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977 — and who was assassinated less than a year later — is a symbol of sacrifice and inspiration for generations of LGBTQs when National Coming Out Day is commemorated each October 11.

His messages on the importance of coming out of the closet resonate today because they are still relevant. Too many closets are still padlocked shut out of fear, ignorance and the very real threat of violence, being tossed out of your parent’s house, or losing your job and lack of public accommodation if you’re gender non-conforming in many states around the country. If everyone who is LGBT came out of the closet, discrimination would have ended long ago.

How the Harvey Milk Day Conference Changed My Life Forever

By: Saturday May 19, 2012 10:00 am

I had avoided telling my parents about anything involving activism or really any socializing with other LGBTQ people. To my parents at that time, I was a docile gay who was renouncing that “lifestyle” to grow closer to God. But after that march, I knew I had to go to them and come out as an on-fire activist. I spent days writing what I was going to say to them before I had to go back home.

Sunday Late Night: Let’s Have a Harvey Milk Stamp!

By: Sunday May 29, 2011 8:01 pm

If you’d like a chance to lick Harvey Milk’s backside to send a piece of mail, sign the change.org petition right here. More than 9,000 other people have signed.

Sunday Late Night: “You Gotta Give ‘Em Hope”

By: Sunday May 22, 2011 8:01 pm

Harvey Milk had plenty of comfort to spare for the afflicted, but he damn sure afflicted the comfortable as best he could. Wouldn’t Harvey be horrified at the oligarchy, the plutocracy that sets — and benefits from — almost all American policy today?

Thanks, Harvey, for Preaching Hope

By: Saturday November 27, 2010 9:00 am

Thirty two years ago today at 10:55 AM, openly gay city supervisor Harvey Milk was shot and killed in his office at City Hall in San Francisco. The message of hope that he preached, however, continues on, and his strategy of building coalitions and rejecting life in the Veal Pen is one progressives need to remember and repeat — that’s how you give hope.

Thanks, Harvey.

Pelosi: “DADT Will Be a Memory By Christmas”

By: Saturday May 22, 2010 7:00 pm

At Friday night’s Equality California’s kickoff event for Harvey Milk Weekend at San Francisco’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center, to celebrate the eightieth birthday of the first LGBT American to have a state-commemorated day, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi assured the assembled A-list LGBT crowd: “I believe DADT will be a memory by Christmas.”

Sunday Late Night: Harvey Milk Day is Next Saturday

By: Sunday May 16, 2010 8:01 pm

Yes, Saturday May 22nd is Harvey Milk’s eightieth birthday. His adopted hometown of San Francisco, and especially his beloved Castro nieghborhood, made big plans.

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