Hope from Harvey

November 27, 2011 By Shaun Osburn

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I fully realize that a person who stands for what I stand for, an activist, a gay activist, becomes a target or the potential target for somebody who is insecure, terrified, afraid, or very disturbed themselves … If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door in the country … I ask for the movement to continue, for the movement to grow, because last week I got a phone call from Altoona, Pennsylvania, and my election gave somebody else, one more person, hope. And after all, that’s what this is all about. It’s not about personal gain, not about ego, not about power — it’s about giving those young people out there in the Altoona, Pennsylvanias, hope. You gotta give them hope.”

~ Harvey Milk, assassinated with George Moscone, November 27, 1978.

As we commemorate the 33rd anniversary of Harvey Milk and George Moscone’s death, we ask you what are you hopeful for? Leave your hope down below in the comment’s section.

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November 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm, Jessica Macias said: My name is Jessica, and I'd like to share with you the hope of two young ladies who are part of a new LGBTQ Latino Youth video series called "An Honest Conversation." The Harvey Milk Speech had a great impact on both of them, and they inspire me everyday. Please watch their stories and share them, and also stay tuned for more amazing individuals and the stories they are sharing to make a change for others. http://mycuentame.org/honestconversation/

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December 06, 2011 at 8:25 pm, Jerry Pritikin said: There is only hope if it includes all segments of the gay community. Make sure your local high schools have a Gay/ Straight Alliance after school chapter. Remember, not all early gay right movement pioneers have been noted in history books... seek them out and thank them for being there then and now. Thank those early non-gay politicians like Mayor Moscone, who helped change anti-gay laws several years before Harvey was elected. I am grateful to have known both as friends.

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