Remind Sacramento of the Hope Harvey Gave Us

Here’s part of a sexual message I got from Geoff Kors at Equality California on remembering a very special person…

“You gotta give ’em hope.”

Those words were spoken more than 30 years ago by activist Harvey Milk.

Today is Harvey Milks birthday, and I see it only fitting to reflect on what he accomplished and what we owe this brave man.

Harvey gave hope to a generation. He blew open the closet doors in 1976 as one of the nations first openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elected officials. He inspired people to believe that equality could be achieved by living our lives openly and honestly.

To honor the late activist and hero, Equality California is proud to sponsor a bill that would establish May 22 of every year as Harvey Milk Day in California, commemorating Harveys birthday. Assembly Bill 2567, authored by Assemblymember Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would encourage public schools to share Harveys story and his dream of a California and nation that embraces all of its people, without exception. The bill has passed the Assembly and is now working its way through Senate committees.

And now, here’s where we come in. Go ahead and join Equality California in supporting the remembrance of May 22 as “Harvey Milk Day” by asking your state legislators to support AB 2567. If it weren’t for this activist turned SF politician turned civil rights icon, we probably wouldn’t be where we are today celebrating full marriage equality here in California. It wasn’t that long ago that Harvey Milk fought alongside other civil rights activists to stop an initiative to ban gays & lesbians from teaching in public schools. And today, his legacy lives on as we defeat the far right ok their hateful attempts to take away our equal marriage rights.

So anyways, doesn’t Harvey Milk deserve at least one day out of the year when we can thank him for all his hard work? If you think so, please ask your state legislators to support AB 2567. After all, we can’t make a better future if we forget our past.