21 posts categorized "HARVEY MILK"
Fred Goldhaber, who'd taught at New York City's legendary Harvey Milk School, has died of liver cancer at the age of 63 after having lived with AIDS for nearly three decades. "Mr G" was the first teacher at the school, a refuge for the kinds of bullied kids who these days are mourned nationally and in those days were considered beneath contempt by most.
The Associated Press—which has become remarkably, consistently pro-Republican in recent years—is behind a much-talked-out story positing that gays might be sitting out this election or even voting against the Democrats.
Hilariously, HuffingtonPost decided that the opinion of Alan Cumming was worthy of front-page, top-headline treatment. No offense intended to Cumming, a fine actor and intelligent person, but I don't think his opinion holds that much weight with the gay community let alone with a broad cross-section of Democrats. I suppose the importance of his words was weighted by his obscenely hyperbolic statement that Obama has done "diddly squat" for gay rights.
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Michigan) got his executive order from the prez reaffirming what did not need to be reaffirmed, that the government won't pay for abortions—ever. In the end, he caved...just like a Democrat! (Ouch, self-wounding.) Thank you for voting for HCR, Rep. Stupak, Now let's primary him (via Connie Saltonstall) out of existence. The fewer quasi-Democrats we have, the better.
I've certainly been disappointed with President Obama's approach to the health care battle, but give him this—Obama is going to win it, and he has shown remarkable stamina in so doing. I hope he's learned not to be so timid going forward—Don't Ask, Don't Tell might be a good tell as to whether or not that is the case. (Winning becomes him—his Gallup daily approval rating shot up three points today to 50%.)
Speaking of Democrats, there is no braver Democrat that Speaker of the House Pelosi. Having been around for the Milk/Moscone assassinations, she certainly hasn't shied away from public life. When she says "we don't have the votes," that's all it means—it never means "I'm too scared to try." And when she says "we have the votes," get out of the way, motherfuckers. P.S. She's going to use a gigantic gavel when the HCR vote occurs today, the same gavel used by the father of Rep. John Dingell (D-Michigan) to gavel in Medicare.
Free speech or death threats?You remember Medicare, right, Teabaggers? It's that government program you're only too happy to use for what ails you in-between disrupting Congress, hurling slurs and making death threats over a bill meant to save lives.
Perhaps getting back to his roots, Governator (he definitely helped terminate California's economy) Schwarzenegger signed into law three big LGBT bills: Harvey Milk Day (which he's previously vetoed for no good reason at all), an LGBT domestic violence bill and the Family Protection and Marriage Recogition Act.
Idiotically, he said the press garnered by the movie Milk helped change the tide on Milk Day. Once a movie star, always a movie star. Milk deserved a day last year as much as this year. But hey, we'll take it.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, will go to a truly diverse and in most cases deserving group of Americans—not least of which include gay-rights pioneer Harvey Milk and tennis icon Billie Jean King!