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Harvey Milk's Nephew Fighting For Fighter Tammy Baldwin

SmilkStuart Milk, nephew of assassinated gay rights activist Harvey Milk and an equality activist in his own right, is throwing his weight behind out Wisconsin Rep. Tammy Baldwin's Senate campaign.

In a post over at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund's Gay Politics site, Milk compares Baldwin, potentially the first openly gay person to be elected to the U.S. Senate, to his uncle, the first openly gay man elected to public office.

"Harvey Milk was my uncle, but he’s also my hero. His election proved what we’re capable of when we stand up for ourselves, stop listening to the naysayers and rally our community to action.  We’re capable of winning – and making history," he writes. "That’s exactly what Tammy Baldwin is doing."

...With our help, Tammy will break a glass ceiling that has existed for more than two centuries. She will fight for the people of Wisconsin, but Tammy will also represent millions of LGBT Americans who have never had an authentic voice in the Senate.

Like my uncle Harvey, Tammy has faced doubters who thought she couldn’t be honest about herself and win. But in every single campaign, she has proven them wrong. Now we’re seeing the proof that this race is winnable too – and that history can be made again.

Harvey Milk's legacy can live on through Baldwin, says Stuart Milk, and though Baldwin is ahead of hateful opponent Tommy Thompson in the polls, she could still use your help, either in the form of greenbacks or volunteered hours in the Badger State.


Harvey Milk Street Unveiled in San Diego: VIDEO

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Couldn't make it to San Diego's Hillcrest neighborhood last night for the ceremonial unveiling of the first street in the nation named for slain gay civil rights leader Harvey Milk?

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LGBT Weekly reports:

Stuart Milk was visibly moved by San Diegans’ commitment to the goal of making their city the first to successfully rename a street in his uncle’s honor, noting that his uncle first came to San Diego as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. In one of the lighter moment of the ceremony, Milk, himself a gay man, said his uncle also “… fell in love with the beautiful boys here.”

But there were solemn moments during the dedication.

“Harvey always said, ‘you’ve got to give ‘em hope,” Stuart Milk told the crowd, adding that his famous uncle urged lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as well as their allies to fight hate with hope. ’“You are the hope Harvey was talking about,” he said. “More than any street, school or ship that might be named after him, it was you that he took a bullet for.”

Nicole Murray Ramirez, a nationally prominent LGBT activist and columnist for LGBT Weekly, likened Harvey Milk to Cesar Estrada Chavez, Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, all but one (Chavez) of whom were killed by assassins’ bullets.

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News: Elena Kagan, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Lady Gaga

 road Stuart Milk recalls a conversation with Desmond Tutu: "He asked me what I was doing to carry on Harvey Milk's legacy. Through his spectacles and with his finger pointed at me, he looked at me and said, 'You must do more.' It was almost one of those aha moments."

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 road The New York Times on Elena Kagan's family

 road 706 Earth-like planets found by NASA.

 road Hundreds of potential civil unions in Hawaii: "According to a study by the University of California School of Law Charles R. Williams Institute On Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, an estimated 272 same-sex couples, out of an estimated 2,472, in Hawaii would enter into a civil union within the first year"

 road Really? Sarah Palin to meet with Margaret Thatcher?

 road Mike Huckabee tries his hand at stand-up: "The only thing worse than a torrid affair with sweet, sweet Nancy (Pelosi) would be a torrid affair with Helen Thomas. If those were my only options, I'd probably be for same-sex marriage!"

 road The Real Housewives of New Jersey gets a new cast member.

 road Gay college student Gregg Udulutch went to the police after getting death threats: "According to the teen, Chief William Riesterer put the threatening calls in the same category as toilet-papering a house. Riesterer yelled at him, called him a liar and told him the harassment is all normal high school stuff and that Udulutch needed to grow up and get over it."

 road Lady Gaga - a little under-dressed for a Yankees game.

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 road Left bleeding and badly bruised - gay man attacked after leaving a Pride march in Albany.

 road Texas Lesbians denied chapel for their commitment ceremony. Dallas labor and employment attorney regarding venue: "Unfortunately, they are within their rights. It's complete second-class citizenship. You lack the right to go to a business if they decide to exclude you because you're gay or lesbian."

 road Rodrigo Santoro gets shirtless while shooting his new soccer movie.

 road Protest of last weekend's gay beating in Savannah. Kevin Clark of Georgia Equality: "It should only take one or two individuals who have been attacked or know of others who have been attacked to get the attention of someone in leadership in this community-- that in our opinion should have stepped forward way before now and condemned the violence and put out a loud call for swift just action here."

 road BP's Tony Hayward went to that yacht race I reported about yesterday because he hadn't had a day off since April 20.

Sarah Palin tweets: "Gulf disaster needs divine intervention as man's efforts have been futile. Gulf lawmakers designate today Day of Prayer for solution/miracle."


Stuart Milk at Gay Day Great America: 'We Need You'

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Harvey Milk's nephew Stuart Milk spoke at Gay Day at Great America in the San Francisco Bay Area last Friday, on his late uncle's birthday. He was introduced by Evan Low, openly gay vice mayor of Campbell, California. (video by Sean Chapin)

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Stuart Milk to Rally Against Anti-Gay Discrimination in Florida

Stuart Milk will speak at a rally at Florida's Capitol on Monday in support of an anti-discrimination bill:

Milk "Three decades after gay activists and Anita Bryant squared off over Dade County's anti-discrimination ordinance, the nephew of slain gay civil rights figure Harvey Milk is coming to the Capitol Monday to rally 1,000 gays and lesbians in support of an anti-discrimination law in Florida...being billed as 'the largest event of its kind' in Tallahassee. The noon rally at the Old Capitol is being organized by Equality Florida, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Democratic Caucus and other gay-rights groups. Bryant's crusade against the Dade amendment inspired Harvey Milk to declare the Christian conservative movement's success in repealing the ordinance would spark a 'national gay force.'"

Watch a recent 20-minute SF Live interview with Stuart Milk in which he talks about Harvey and the current LGBT rights movement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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