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California Legislature Approves 'Harvey Milk Day'

The California Senate approved May 22 as 'Harvey Milk Day' by a 22-13 vote along party lines Tuesday:

Harveymilkthumb"Not one Republican voted for the bill, which also says the day shall have special significance in public school and other educational institutions and 'encourages those entities to conduct suitable commemorative exercises on that date.' Sen. Dave Cox (R-Fair Oaks) said his vote against the measure had nothing to do with who was involved. 'In school, we ought to concentrate on writing, reading and arithmetic,' he said, adding that the schools don’t need other requirements placed on them by the Legislature. The bill must return to the Assembly for concurrence on some minor amendments before it goes to the governor."

Said Assemblymember Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, who authored the bill: "Both houses of our Legislature have now honored Harvey Milk’s important civil rights legacy, and I am hopeful the governor will sign this bill so that California officially recognizes the message of hope and pride his life inspired."

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  1. Re: Davis Cox's statement "...schools don’t need other requirements placed on them by the Legislature."

    Yeah, because King W's "No Child Left Behind" garbage is already pushing schools past their limit.

    Dress it up any way you want. Bigotry is bigotry. (Hooray for those Dems who voted "yes").

    Posted by: ichabod | Aug 6, 2008 9:55:21 AM


  2. Writing, reading, arithmetic and HISTORY. California schools teach our children about great events and figures in history. Honoring Milk will only enhance this education. Good work Mark Leno!

    Posted by: David | Aug 6, 2008 10:01:54 AM


  3. Could you imagine what would happen if they had said that crap about MLK Day and schools?

    Posted by: scott | Aug 6, 2008 10:28:51 AM


  4. Yes, I feel sure the senator's vote "had nothing to do with those involved." So to be fair, he needs to also vote down President's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Columbus Day, Memorial Day, Arbor Day, Veterans Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, all December Holidays and any other days of recognition.

    And my favorite... "schools don’t need other requirements placed on them by the Legislature." I can't wait to hear this coming back out of his mouth the next time the subject of gay-straight alliances, sex education, hate crimes, "Intelligent Design," or prayers in school comes up.

    Posted by: BD1421 | Aug 6, 2008 10:33:22 AM


  5. I think that is awesome, i mean i never even new who Harvey Milk was until i herd about the movie thats coming out. I wish the gay civil rights movement was taught at my high school.

    Posted by: MadisonKid | Aug 6, 2008 10:36:58 AM


  6. "Not one Republican voted for the bill."

    Hello! Calling Thatsrich and other log cabinites! How are you gonna spin this one? Glad to see you folks' bipartisan lobbying has been working. And this in California, not exactly the most homophobic state.

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Aug 6, 2008 11:03:35 AM


  7. Great point, David. If the Republicans had their way, history class would end around the year 1950, with a final essay on Joe McCarthy and his patriotic methods of rooting out the enemies of America.

    Then of course college history would begin with a brief overview of Nixon the martyr, followed by several years of Reagan studies, before concluding with a summary of how Clinton nearly destroyed America with a blowjob and how Bush successfully rescued it from moral chaos and restored its military dominance around the world.

    And by the way, when MLK day was being considered, there WERE plenty of people opposing it. One of them happened to be John McCain.

    You know, days of recognition are really just an unncessary distraction unless they happen to be for glorified old white guys. In that case, they're totally patriotic and we couldn't possibly do without them.

    Posted by: Wes | Aug 6, 2008 11:06:36 AM


  8. Scott,

    much the same WAS said about MLK Day.

    Posted by: Jason | Aug 6, 2008 11:22:23 AM


  9. "Could you imagine what would happen if they had said that crap about MLK Day and schools?"

    Posted by: scott | Aug 6, 2008 10:28:51 AM

    I was thinking the EXACT same thing. Thank you for saying it.

    Posted by: PJ | Aug 6, 2008 12:26:33 PM


  10. For MadisonKid and anyone else interested in learning more LGBT history, there are some great resources. None are perfect [what is?], some have factual errors [the most often repeated myth is that Harvey Milk was the first out gay person elected to office], but overall I highly recommend them. If not available at your local library/video store, all are available online through various sources.

    “The Other Side of Silence: Men's Lives & Gay Identities - A Twentieth-Century History” by John Loughery

    “Out of the Past: Gay and Lesbian History from 1869 to the Present” by Neil Miller

    “The Gay Militants/How Gay Liberation Began in America, 1969-1971” by Donn Teal

    “Out for Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America” by Dudley Clendinen and Adam Nagourney [a great chronological supplement to Teal's book].

    “Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community” – documentary available on DVD.

    The best book on the Stonewall riots is “Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution” by David Carter

    RE being gay and Judeo-Christianity: the documentary “For the Bible Tells Me So,” available on DVD

    “Coming Out Under Fire - The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two” by Allan Berube, and its documentary version by Arthur Dong available on DVD.

    Sadly, some of our greatest heroes such as Frank Kameny, Randy Wicker, and Barbara Gittings & Kay Tobin have never had full biographies written about them, but some others have, as well as books personally by such greats as Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon, Troy Perry, Dave Kopay, Billy Bean, Martina, Melissa, et al.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Aug 6, 2008 2:19:17 PM


  11. As a friend of both Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone, I am disappointed that Mayor Moscone was not part of this special day. People, especially the gay community seem to forget that George Moscone was also assassinated along with Harvey. Mayor Moscone
    was a friend of the gay community long before it ws fashionable for politicians to be seen attending gay events or speaking OUT for gay causes. It is long over due that the gay community as well as California pays homage to Mayor Moscone,too.

    Posted by: jerry pritikin | Aug 7, 2008 8:33:00 AM


  12. As a friend of both Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone, I am disappointed that Mayor Moscone was not part of this special day. People, especially the gay community seem to forget that George Moscone was also assassinated along with Harvey. Mayor Moscone
    was a friend of the gay community long before it ws fashionable for politicians to be seen attending gay events or speaking OUT for gay causes. It is long over due that the gay community as well as California pays homage to Mayor Moscone,too.

    Posted by: jerry pritikin | Aug 7, 2008 8:33:21 AM


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