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Human Rights Campaign Moves in on Harvey Milk's Shop, Image


The Human Rights Campaign is moving into Harvey Milk's old camera shop at 575 Castro in San Francisco, the San Francisco Examiner reports:

"In addition to merchandise with HRC’s signature 'equal' logo, the store will offer items emblazoned with the words and images of Harvey Milk. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated to local organizations that continue to carry on the legacy of Harvey Milk, such as the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy and the GLBT Historical Society, according to the organization."

Said HRC President Joe Solmonese: "It is Harvey Milk’s vision of hope that continues to inspire the work that we do at the Human Rights Campaign. We are the beneficiaries of his groundbreaking activism and are honored to be a part of the future that he envisioned."

Above, 575 Castro in its most recent retail incarnation, as gift shop Given.

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  1. I love that mural. Unfortunately, it reminds me of the over-the-top operatic depiction in the Gus Van Sant movie.

    Posted by: Vince in WeHo | Dec 6, 2010 6:23:20 PM

  2. Ick. Just ick.

    Posted by: Trev | Dec 6, 2010 6:25:02 PM

  3. "bang bang bang"

    The sound of Harvey not only rolling over in his grave but trying to pound his way out to bitch slap HRC

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com | Dec 6, 2010 6:35:52 PM

  4. The irony in this is pretty stark.

    Posted by: JusticeontheRocks | Dec 6, 2010 6:48:56 PM

  5. Clever of the HRC to try to wrap Harvey Milk's legacy around itself. Unfortunately, the HRC has become a useless appendage of the gay community. Rather than opening gift shops they should try political action. They have been batting zero for several years now.

    Posted by: Peter | Dec 6, 2010 6:55:34 PM

  6. Well that's a new low for HRC

    Posted by: frank | Dec 6, 2010 7:02:26 PM

  7. I don't get this. There was an HRC store next door to Harvey's old store for ages. I never, never understood the point of an HRC store (yay! I want to advertise my inefficacy using overpriced mugs and other products!).

    Anyway, it sounds like they just got a good deal on rent and decided to move locations while conveniently co-opting history and seeming relevant.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 6, 2010 7:07:32 PM

  8. Really? All the HRC could think of to turn this into was an HRC gift shop? Pretty sad way to "honor" Milk.

    Hey, it could have been worse, given the HRC's credit-stealing over the past year. They could have doubled back and taken credit for making Harvey Milk the civil rights leader he became... ;)

    My favorite line: "A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated to local organizations that continue to carry on the legacy of Harvey Milk, such as the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy and the GLBT Historical Society, according to the organization." They forgot to add "and a larger portion of the proceeds from the sale of these items will go straight to Joe Solmonese's martini party fund."

    Posted by: Joseph | Dec 6, 2010 7:11:27 PM

  9. this would make harvey puke. hrc has no shame.
    do they think this will make everyone look away from all their failures? this organization makes me sick. if you shop there do you get invited to the cocktail parties?

    Posted by: walter | Dec 6, 2010 7:22:47 PM

  10. I used to give to HRC ... and all I got was a STUPID "EQUAL" bumper sticker and a gift shop!

    But did I and my fellow GLBT Americans get anything back related to EQUALity? Heck no! HRC was too busy paling around with Obama and his "champagne and caviar STFU" parties at the White House after every GLBT equality disaster.

    This store and its nice mural wall will do nothing to hide the fact that HRC is to blame too for the failures of the Obama administration. They let Obama hide behind their skirts when they insulted us with their DOJ filing against DOMA. They let Obama cover for them when he continued to fight against us.

    San Franciscans should be protesting in front of that store EVERY weekend until a more respectable organization who has actually fought for our rights is in there. I nominate GetEqual!

    Posted by: FunMe | Dec 6, 2010 7:26:55 PM

  11. All of the above.

    The HRC is useless.

    Posted by: roadtripboy | Dec 6, 2010 7:32:31 PM

  12. Why not just have his brain splatters in the shape of little hearts sprayed all across the front window?

    Posted by: Gregoire | Dec 6, 2010 7:58:39 PM

  13. Milk would picket HRC. Poseurs.

    Posted by: princely54 | Dec 6, 2010 8:17:58 PM

  14. Yea, what y'all said.
    I understand that if DADT is not repealed this congress, documents will be released exposing HRC. The gay version of Wiki leaks if you will. Then again, I've heard the docs will probably be released regardless. HRC = toast.

    Posted by: Brix | Dec 6, 2010 8:49:06 PM

  15. This is a sacrilege. Harvey Milk would have cold-cocked Joe Solmonese and Hilary Rosen with his famous bullhorn.

    Posted by: Michael@LeonardMatlovich.com | Dec 6, 2010 8:53:31 PM

  16. Solmonese and the HRC are just a bunch of vile vampires. "...We are the beneficiaries of his groundbreaking activism and are honored to be a part of the future that he envisioned." No, they just want to pocket the proceeds of Harvey's face on a t-shirt. And forget any profits being shared, like all HRC ventures they'll claim to be actually losing money and hide their books from any outside accountability while Joe Solmonese flies back and forth from DC to SF in first-class.

    The "Harvey Milk Memorial Gift Shop", F**K that.....

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Dec 6, 2010 9:09:21 PM

  17. You all whine, but none of you actually do anything to change the status quo that is the HRC.

    Posted by: Nanny McBone | Dec 6, 2010 9:23:20 PM

  18. Fine idea; appalling mural. Not only are LGBTQ people on the verge of becoming culturally inert, but we've embraced our own cliché so whole-heartedly that Saint Judy is rolling her eyes from beyond the grave.

    This reminds me of christianists worshipping the torture device that was used to kill their prophet. It's so much easier to express outrage over someone's death than to try to emulate the good they did in life.

    Do we imagine Milk would want to be remembered for the bullet in his head? He was a grouch with a sharp tongue. I'd love to hear what he'd have to say about having been posthumously assigned the righteously self-congratulating moral imperative of a professional victim.

    Sure, AIDS is going to kill me sooner or later, but anyone who memorializes me with an IV bag next to my face should prepare to be haunted by one seriously pissed off ghost.

    Posted by: Bryan | Dec 6, 2010 9:34:29 PM

  19. What gall. HRC has no shame. They are commandeering the legacy of Harvey Milk even though they represent everything that Harvey fought against in our community (and that in the movie, James Franco swam against). Their collaborationist tactics make them laughable inheritors of Milk's energy, vigor, and politics.

    Posted by: David Groff | Dec 6, 2010 9:43:24 PM

  20. Nanny, the only way to "change the status quo that is HRC" is to ignore them, deny them money, remind others how important it is not to fund their cocktail parties, and encourage competent people to do the jobs they fail at so badly. If you've got another idea put it on the table.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Dec 6, 2010 10:00:21 PM

  21. I did not think Joe S could sink any lower...how stupid was that!?!? Maybe they can sell the dog collar he wore in pride parades in Bostons....useless, classless and worthless....

    Posted by: Mark Mead | Dec 6, 2010 11:10:08 PM

  22. How do we change the status quo of the HRC? Seriously. Tell me. I'll do it.

    Posted by: Phil | Dec 7, 2010 12:37:42 AM

  23. Well, there goes the neighborhood.

    Posted by: Keppler | Dec 7, 2010 1:27:18 AM

  24. Maybe my Democratic Representative in the House could do something about this cynical Politburo-esque attempt to rewrite San Francisco's history a la Animal Farm. Oh, wait, she's Nancy Pelosi and she owns the Solmonese Gang. We are fucked. And in the worst way possible. Can you spell "betrayal" as in "non-personhood?"

    Posted by: Tommy C. | Dec 7, 2010 1:33:53 AM

  25. I can't stand the HRC as much as the rest of you, but you can't blame them for the mural on the wall. That's there from the previous shop, Given. It's actually much more striking and effective in person - not creepy at all. Of course the HRC is still worthless, and they'll co-opt the image, the man and his legacy.

    Posted by: PRE | Dec 7, 2010 2:02:52 AM

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