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How Much Milk You Got?

May 22, 2013 By Josh Steichmann

harvey milk quizIn honor of Harvey Milk Day, we’ve put together a little quiz to test your knowledge about the life and times of Harvey Milk. How much do you know? Take the quiz to find out! Put the challenge to your friends! The top three scorers will each get an Equality California shirt in their size, and will look fabulous in it. In the event of a tie, we’ll have a drawing for the prizes from the respondents with the highest scores.

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Equality Roundup: Flying to Milk

January 18, 2013 By Josh Steichmann

sfo milkWe were behind making Harvey Milk Day official, and his nephew Stuart Milk is on our board, so it’s not a huge surprise that we’re all ’bout it ’bout it with the proposal for SFO airport to become Harvey Milk Airport. The objections are all a bit silly — it’s not THAT much money to change forms and et cetera, the idea that people will be confused and not know where they’re going is goofy (where else is going to have a Harvey Milk Airport?) and it would be a huge beacon for all the LGBT folk around the world to see that we can honor a proudly out man.

We’re also out in San Bedoo today (our favorite city nickname in the state), presenting our Reducing Disparities report on LGBT people and mental health care. It’s the first of a series of town halls that will take place throughout the state, reporting back on what we found and what we can do about it. Everyone is welcome; snacks will be served.

Prop. 8′s architect, Frank Schubert, has a proudly LGBT little sister, and she’s running for Sacramento County district attorney. We’ve got no position on her candidacy, but we’re always amazed at people who can advocate against the equality of their family members. Wonder if she ever asks him about his ongoing fight against the freedom to marry?

ABC News is asking Obama why he hasn’t filed an amicus in the Prop. 8 case yet. You know, we asked him the same thing, and you can help by contacting him through our online petition.

In national news: The Army says that even though they can’t discriminate against LGBT soldiers, they can still discriminate against their spouses. This is apparently because the Marines did something right, and the Army wants to make it clear that they’re not the Marines.

In local, but not here, news: Cranks in Utah got an LGBT family book removed from school libraries; ACLU got it back.

Rhode Island is getting closer to voting for the freedom to marry.

Why do we have a Harvey Milk Day?

May 23, 2012 By Josh Steichmann

There are two strands of America that are always straining together and against each other. There’s the pull of individual freedom, to be who you want to be and to live life as you choose, and then there’s the fight for equality, to make sure that everyone has the same opportunities and rights as anyone else.

Harvey Milk embodied both of those impulses. He fought boldly to live life as openly gay, to forge that personal identity into a political one. He said, “A gay official is needed not just for our protection, but to set an example for younger gays that says that the system works,” while his opponent was talking about being a businessman who happened to be gay. Milk saw the freedom to live openly as a beacon of hope and a powerful statement of possibility.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Equality Roundup: Is Romney Forcing Obama’s “Evolution?”

April 27, 2012 By Josh Steichmann

obama evolveCongrats to Herndon Graddick, new president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination. With loads of experience as GLAAD’s communication vice president prior to his new job, he’s in a great position as a national spokesman for full equality. An incisive Washington Blade article highlights his forceful style.

Speaking of new leaders, we’ve launched a search for a new executive director here at EQCA. Have a vision for the biggest (and we hope best) statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality organization in California? Help us continue our groundbreaking work!

And speaking of articulating visions: How Romney’s choice of Richard Grenell should force Obama to “evolve” his LGBT positions. How Grenell squares his outspoke support of the freedom to marry with Romney’s opportunistic vacillation is up to his conscience, but maybe he’s supporting ’94 Romney. You know, the one that supported gay Boy Scouts.

No word on what 2012 Romney thinks yet.

Yet another poll finds growing support for the freedom to marry. As per usual, this is outside of an election context, when support tends to drop, in part due to the scaremongering tactics of the opposition — tactics that Equality California works directly to counter with our support for the Breakthrough Conversation. But it’s heartening to see that the longer marriage is legal for everyone, the less of a big deal it is. The poll also found growing support for gun ownership — good news for Pink Pistols, right?

Some of the encouraging news is to see that Catholic laity now support marriage for same=sex couples, even if the church itself is still as stiff as boiled leather.

In the Navy: LGBT leaders urge new submarine to be named for Harvey Milk. Harvey Milk may be better remembered for his trailblazing LGBT equality work than his military record, but he served in the Korean War as a rescue diver, and later as a diving instructor in San Diego. While we’re still undoing the damage left from generations of institutionalized homophobia (see Sen. Mark Udall’s letter to the defense department about streamlining paperwork here), naming a ship after an LGBT hero would be a good step in the right direction toward honoring the service of all Americans.

Finally, can we just say we’re chuffed about the new Ray-Ban ad, from the “Never Hide” campaign? Never hide indeed.

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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