Gay Rights Activism

Essay by kaaanch December 2009

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The documentary "The Times of Harvey Milk" displayed Harvey addressing senior citizen rights and made a point of explaining that it was not only his concerns but it also were the people's concerns: safety Ö½ parks Ö½ and personal liberties Ö½ to name a few. What the documentary really centered on was Harvey Milk's actions Ö½ and the controversy surrounding him. It was historic that he was the first gay elected official.

Milk realized that Proposition 6 was an attack on personal liberties in general and that it was not just a danger to homosexuals. People are sometimes deluded about how easy it is to have their rights taken away. Most people think that is someone else's job to protect our rights as citizens Ö½ when in fact; it's their own responsibility.

The documentary also spent a good amount of time on fleshing out Dan White. It is very apparent in the film just how disgusted and threatened he is by the homosexual lifestyle.

But the success Harvey Milk has with using the political system to further his causes and constituents' causes is also apparent. I wonder just how far Milk could have gone if he had not been killed. Dan. White was obviously out of his league. White's speeches and views reminded me a lot of the now very common Republican "Family Values" platforms on which many of our latest presidents have run and won. It is eerie. Did Ronald Reagan steal that material from Dan White?The interviews in the documentary were very candid. The people interviewed were not squeamish about the use of normal speech Ö½ (which includes profanity). One example was the reference to dog "shit" Ö½ as opposed to dog poop Ö½ or stool Ö½ or any number of proper terminologies for dog excrement.