Hope-Harvey Milk Speech

On November 27th 1978, Harvey Milk was assassinated by Dan White. Milk, who was the first openly gay man elected to California public office, served as an inspiration to countless GLBT individuals. His legacy of hope continues to live on and he is a true American hero. I had the chance to listen to one of his more famous speeches today and it struck a strong emotional chord with me. As a mother of a gay teen, I know all too well all the prejudice and obstacles that are still out there. Even though Cody works and pays taxes, like any other American, he can’t marry or serve his country. In our home state of Michigan, it’s still legal for his employer to fire him just because of his sexuality. While things have progressed some since in the past years, we still have a long way to go.

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7 Responses to Hope-Harvey Milk Speech

  1. Sharon S says:

    What an inspiration Harvey Milk was. And I agree with you. While we have made some progress, we still have a long way to go.

  2. Chris says:

    That speech gave me chills – so powerful! Still such a long way to go…

  3. We'll just have to keep fighting for the cause. I know I'll never give up.

  4. Lucia says:

    Wow, I never heard him speak before, he's so inspirational. I am happy to live in a country where gay marriage is allowed and that people who are gay are allowed to serve their country but even here I hear to much about violence against people who are gay. I really hope one day people will understand that every human deserves the same rights..

  5. Jason says:

    Still relevant. It's like he is speaking across the decades. Thank you for posting this. 🙂

  6. That is my hope, too, Lucia.

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