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Harvey Milk

ID Number: 9723
Maker: Rink Foto; Metropolitan Human Rights Commission
Technique: offset
Date Made: 1993
Place Made: United States: Oregon, Portland
Measurements: 61 cm x 45.5 cm; 24 in x 17 15/16 in
Main Subject: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ)
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
Harvey Milk 1930-1978 Harvey Milk was a Human Rights Advocate who was elected the first openly gay City Supervisor in San Francisco. He was killed for his beliefs. "We Cannot Live On Hope Alone, But Life Is Not Worth Living Without It." It takes no money to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression. What's missing is the touch, the warmth, the meaning of life. What you have in a city where the people are more important then highways. The city is a city of singles and young marrieds, the city of the retired and the poor, a city of many colors, who speak in many tongues. One you have a dialogue starting, you know you can break down the prejudice. Unless you have dialogue, unless you open the walls of dialogue, you can never reach to change people's opinion. Maybe I see dragons where there are only windmills.But something tells me the dragons are for real and if I shatter a lance or two on a whirling blade, maybe I'll catch a dragon in the bargain. So I'm asking you to take a chance and ride with me against the windmills--and the dragons, too. You see there is a major difference between a friend and a gay person and a firend in office and a gay person in office. Gay people have been slandered nationwide. We've been tarred and brushed with the picture of pornography...It's not enough anymore just to have friends represent us. A gay person in office can set a tone, can command respect not only from the larger community but from a young people in our community who need both examples and hope. I can't forget the faces of people who've lost hope. Be they gay, be they seniors, be they blacks looking for an almost impossible job, be they Latins trying to explain their problems andd their aspirations in a tongue that's foreign to them. The young gay people...the only thing they have to look forward to is hope. You have to give them hope. Hope for a better world, hope for a better tomorrow hope for a better place to come to if the pressures at home are too great. Hope that all will be all right. "If A Bullet Should Enter My Brain, Let That Bullet Detroy Every Closet Door." Metropolitian Human Rights Commission 1120 SW Fifth Aveneue, Rm. 516 Portland, Oregon 97204-1989 City of Portand Multnomah County (503) 823-5136/Voice/TDD Fax 823-0119 This poster made possible by a grant from Equity Foundation of Oregon Equity Foundation Photograph reporduced with permission, copyright c 1977 Rink Foto, all rights reserved Poster design copyright c Metropolitian Human Rights Commission, all rights reserved Many thanks to the Estate of Harvey Milk for its support. Text copyright c Estate of Harvey Milk, all rights reserved HM 1-2000-6/93

Acquisition Number: 1997-092

Harvey Milk (1930-1978) was the first openly Gay person to be elected to the Board of Supervisors (City Council) in San Francisco. His election was in stark contrast to the national political scene that was characterized by the movement that was being led by anti-Gay activist Anita Bryant to "Save Our Children". Milk served only eleven months before his assassination on November 27, 1978, in San Francisco City Hall. His killer, former City Supervisor Danny White, crawled through a basement window in order to avoid metal detectors. White had resigned his seat on the Board following the enactment of the Gay Civil Rights bill that he had stringently opposed. Convicted of two counts of voluntary manslaughter, White served only seven years and eight months. This stunningly light sentence was granted in response to what is now referred to as the "Twinkie defense": White's attorney argued that his client could not be held accountable for his actions due to the amount of junk food he had eaten on the day of the crimes. White was paroled after six years in prison and committed suicide shortly thereafter.

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