Gay Friday: Happy Birthday, Harvey Milk
If he had not been assassinated in 1979, Harvey Milk would have celebrated his 79th birthday today. I would like to imagine that Milk, who was America's first openly gay elected official and served as San Francisco supervisor, would have gone on to even greater things. His voice was terribly missed at the beginning of the AIDS crisis in the 80s. Milk would have made a great senator.
Milk was on my mind last night during the MondoHomo kick-off at Eyedrum Gallery in Atlanta. There was a big crowd (150 or more), and I read all gay/political work. Last night was the anniversary of the White Night Riots in San Francisco, which happened after Milk's assassin, Dan White, was convicted of manslaughter and given the lightest sentence possible – five years. The California Supreme Court was supposed to make a ruling on Proposition 8 yesterday, but they've put it off until May 26, and I can only imagine that this was done as not to coincide with the anniversary of the riots and Milk's birthday.
New Hampshire has taken a step backwards in the gay marriage issue, with the House rejecting a revised bill demanded by the governor that would have excluded churches from having to perform gay marriage ceremonies. A new vote is expected in June. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with excluding churches. Since organized religion is the main opponent of gay marriage, we should cut churches out of the movement completely. I think that would be a giant step forward in getting gay marriage approved nationwide. In the meantime, Illinois is posed to approved civil unions for the state next week.
Here in Georgia, the DeKalb School System refused to acknowledge bullying was the cause of 11-year-old Jaheem Herrera's suicide. An internal investigation said there was no evidence of bullying, and teachers signed statements saying they had never witnessed or heard anything. A gigantic pack of liars and bigots trying to cover their own asses. It sickens me.