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Harvey Milk

How LGBT History Can Inspire Hope, Support Health, and Even Prevent HIV

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 10.01.2015 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

We are heirs of what I call "LGBT America's heroic legacy," the acts and words of men and women who chose to stand up for their humanity, integrity, and fully equal American citizenship -- rather than accept the shame and silence they were told was their lot in life for being "different."

Hollywood, Don't You Dare Whitewash Stonewall

Ernest Owens | Posted 08.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Ernest Owens

As intersectionality becomes a more discussed realm within our current LGBT movement, we have no time to fantasize a reality in which white cis-dominance erases queer representation of color.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton' and the Inclusive Future Of American History

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.14.2015 | Arts
Ian Reifowitz

If people see their ancestral experience integrated -- not just mentioned in a checklist kind of way, but fully integrated into the larger narrative -- then they are far more likely to see that larger narrative of American history as something that speaks to them.

Married Once (or Twice) And For All

Lesléa Newman | Posted 07.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Lesléa Newman

Our ceremony looked like a wedding. It sounded like a wedding. It felt like a wedding. And it was... and wasn't. Despite having to check "single" on our tax returns and lie when one of us was in the hospital ("she's my sister"), we knew who we were: a married couple deserving legal rights.

How Progressives Talk About July 4 And Our National History

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

There has to be a way we can do what needs doing, to shine a light on the problems and injustices in our country, while still publicly embracing a commitment to the whole country, the whole community.

Remembering Harvey Milk and His Fight to End Job Discrimination

Cleve Jones | Posted 05.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Cleve Jones

This week we celebrate Harvey Milk's 85th birthday and honor his role as one of the pioneers of the LGBT community, even as we await a decision on marriage equality from the Supreme Court of the United States.

Jenni Olson's New Film 'The Royal Road'

Renate Stendhal, Ph.D. | Posted 05.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Renate Stendhal, Ph.D.

The 65 minutes long work is a poetic essay and a double love story. there is the filmmaker's love for San Francisco, a city where all one's special and beloved places "are disappearing before your eyes," and there is her love for women -- women who are almost too beautiful to be looked at, who are adored, courted, pursued, but remain elusive.

The Night I Was Ready to Riot

James Peron | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
James Peron

The night I was ready to riot was in the spring of 1979 in Chicago. Chicago's "finest" had been on the move for weeks, having fun attacking the gay community. Gay clubs were harassed regularly, almost one a week.

Harvey Milk Told This Man One Thing That Changed His Entire Life (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 06.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-04-04-1428117723-2826420-2015040314280836661352689RonHuberman.jpgOne person really can make a difference. For Ron Huberman, all it took to find himself on the path toward an accomplished life was meeting Harvey Milk. The fateful day came after a cross-country road trip from New York to San Francisco.

Don't Enshrine Inequality in Indiana -- Repeal SB101

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

SB 101 is based on hate; no matter how Governor Pence tries to sell it, he is teaching discrimination, he is enshrining inequality into Indiana law, and he is justifying segregation under a false flag in which liberty would have no part.

... And Justice for All

Paula Gordon | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

I'm a little emotional about same-sex couples accepting Alabama Probate Judges' time-honored offer to newlyweds "You may kiss". These marriages are all the sweeter because when we were married by an Alabama Probate Judge three decades ago, it was a very different world. Sorta.

Honoring Harvey Milk's Legacy in Europe

Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker | Posted 01.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker

There is much more to be done to ensure that the LGBT community is endowed with the same rights as all humans across the globe. But what I saw in Hungary last month gives me hope. People like Tim Cook give me hope. And my own son helps me believe that we will someday bring about real change in the world for justice for all.

Voter Suppression Is Un-American

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

It does seem a bit ridiculous, doesn't it? That we still have to fight for voting rights, fight against laws that seek to suppress the vote, laws that will have a disproportionate impact on those Americans who -- had they been of voting age before 1965 -- would likely have been barred because of their race?

Carrying Forward the Legacy of Harvey Milk

Daniel Wein | Posted 12.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel Wein

The sold-out audience was euphoric, still in a state of shock regarding a Supreme Court action that had unilaterally doubled the number of states with marriage equality earlier in the day. "Harvey Milk is looking down on us," Kristin Chenoweth had remarked to many throughout the night.

'You Must Come Out': How Harvey Milk's Challenge Resonates With Gay Christians Today

Jennifer Knapp | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Jennifer Knapp

I think about Harvey's impassioned plea quite often. It whispers in my brain with both inspiration and reservation -- inspiration because, as an out woman, I have experienced what only coming out will teach you, and reservation because, as a Christian, I also know that coming out and purging all secrets can be a dangerous, painful prospect.

Why Coming Out on Coming Out Day Still Matters

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Break down some myths. Destroy some lies and distortions. And if we do it long enough and loud enough and together enough eventually we will be done.

Catholic University Of America Postpones Screening Of ‘Milk' | Posted 10.03.2014 | Religion

A planned screening of the biopic chronicling the life of gay-rights pioneer Harvey Milk was scrapped at the Catholic University of America Wednesday...

Why I Wrote I Am Harvey Milk

Andrew Lippa | Posted 11.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Lippa

I wrote I Am Harvey Milk for you. I wrote it for anyone who has ever had to hide or keep secret their true nature. I wrote it for me so that I might get a step closer to understanding my own gay life, my own gay wounds, my own gay joys.

A Ugandan Parliamentarian's First Gay Wedding

Melanie Nathan | Posted 11.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Melanie Nathan

Imagine a Ugandan Parliamentarian, fresh from signing a petition to bring back the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA), walking down the Castro marveling at all the rainbow flags, awestruck by the notion of a "gay" neighborhood. She has never seen gay people or lesbians show public affection before.

Need More Proof Being Gay Isn't a Choice? Here It Is!

Steve Siebold | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

If more people have the courage and mental toughness of Daniel Pearce to stand up for who they really are, more rights, freedoms and opportunities will continue to come to those who identify as LGBT.

The Castro's Rainbow Honor Walk: A Preview Stroll with David Perry

Sean Martinfield | Posted 10.25.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Two of the most famous neighborhood blocks in the world are currently undergoing major public works surgery. Among these simultaneous projects is the installation of the Rainbow Honor Walk, commemorating the lives of LGBT heroes.

The Intersection of Queer and Gay -- And Straight?

Lewis DeSimone | Posted 09.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Lewis DeSimone

A neighborhood isn't just a plot of land. It's a culture. And changing that is a lot harder -- and a lot less defensible -- than repainting your walls or planting different flowers in the yard.

Liberal Nationalism Is Not Only Possible, It's Essential

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

There has to be something concrete that makes those of us living in the United States more than just co-residents who share little other than proximity. There has to be something that makes 300 million people into "we" and "us." That something is civic nationalism.

Milk and Chorus; A Night to Remember at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Jason Mannino | Posted 09.21.2014 | Los Angeles
Jason Mannino

The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles made history as they showcased their historical past during their 966th performance celebrating their 35th anniversary along with the Southern California premiere of I Am Harvey Milk at The Walt Disney Concert Hall this past weekend.

More Athletes Like Ian Thorpe Needed to Help Fight Homophobia

Steve Siebold | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

In an ideal world, Australia's famed swimming star Ian Thorpe should be known for one thing: dominating the sport of swimming. But of course, we don't live in an ideal world, and ever since Thorpe entered the limelight more than 15 years ago, rumors about his sexuality have swirled in the media and in the public forum.