#the mayor of castro street
towhead · a year ago
Milk’s concession speech lashed out at gay moderates who had supported liberal friends over a gay person. Liberals’ toleration, he said, was “a crumb thrown to keep us happy, to let us feel that we are getting something when in reality we should be getting our freedom.”
“I have tasted freedom. I will not give up that which I have tasted. I have a lot more to drink. For that reason, the political numbers game will be played. I know the rules of their game now and how to play it. All human beings have power.” he concluded “You are just one person, but you have power. That makes power so significant.”
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back-and-totheleft · 3 years ago
The Mayor of Castro Street
Q: What elements do you think could or would be whitewashed [from the Harvey Milk story]?
A: There’s an element of promiscuity in [Milk’s] life that I find intriguing. I’d hate to see that Hollywoodized. Promiscuity was the fashion for many people in the late 60′s and the early 70′s. I’d hate to see all of that underrepresented by the film. 
Q: Speaking of sex, have you ever had a homosexual experience?
A: Oh, God! [laughs] Can you please just write “Oliver laughed”? I can’t tell you that. I’ll be in deep shit. 
Q: With whom?
A: With the government. If I admit to that, then they’ll really be on my ass! They’re trying to nail me - well, I guess I’ve already done everything wrong in my life in their opinion.
Q: Then why would it matter?
A: [laughs] Maybe you’re right!
Q: You won’t deny having had a homosexual experience. 
A: I won’t deny it. 
Q: So you have had a sex with a man.
A: I won’t flatly deny that.
Q: I’d like to ask you about the details -
A: You mean which sailors? Which ports?
Q: We can start there. How significant - 
A: That’s all I’m going to say on this subject. [...]
Q: There is concern that the current version of the script for The Mayor of Castro Street has no sex scenes involving Harvey Milk; that there are references to sex and promiscuity, but none of it is actually acted out for the camera. I know this script’s not in its final form, but is this true?
A: I don’t know. I don’t know where the script stands on that point right now. But if that’s true, that’s a very good point to make. Those scenes should be in there. 
Q: So you’re saying that if you were consulted on this issue, you’d make sure those scenes were included and shot.
A: Yes. It might be a problem with Warner Brothers, though.
Q: You just told me, referring to Midnight Express, that it would be no problem to shoot a homosexual love scene in today’s Hollywood. Seconds later, you seem to think there is a problem.
A: Maybe you’re right. Maybe there still is a problem. But I’ll tell you one thing: That’s an issue worth fighting for.
-Jeff Yarbrough, “Heart of Stone: Writer-Director Oliver Stone Opens Up on Sex, JFK, and Harvey Milk,” The Advocate, April 1992 [x]
The Mayor of Castro Street was a biography of Harvey Milk written by the legendary Randy Shilts. Oliver Stone (who purchased the rights to two of Randy’s books and became friendly with him before his untimely death from AIDS) was to produce, write and direct the film adaptation in 1991 starring Robin Williams as Milk. However, after sustaining the media furor around JFK and receiving death threats from a fringe activist group (Queer Nation), Stone used this interview with The Advocate to announce he was dropping out of the project as director.
Later in 1992, Stone hired openly gay director Gus Van Sant to direct The Mayor of Castro Street and Robin Williams signed on to star, but financing issues and “creative issues” between Van Sant and the studio caused Stone and Van Sant to quit and terminated the project. Fifteen years later, Van Sant would eventually direct another biopic about Harvey Milk, Milk, starring Sean Penn and unrelated to The Mayor of Castro Street. 
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calicolesbian · 4 years ago
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books i read in 2018: the mayor of castro street by randy shilts 
so you, and you and you: you got to give them hope; you got to give them hope.
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damn ok so I’m doing a graphic design project on Harvey Milk and reading about his childhood - he literally spent his formative years in a Jewish American household as a closeted gay boy while the Holocaust was going on in Europe. mad respect
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mekammin · 3 years ago
me: im just gonna order the book online, it’ll be quicker than getting it sent to the library and cheaper than getting it new
the book: doesn’t arrive immediately bc it needs to be shipped
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stickyinternetangel · 8 days ago
this looks like the guy at the foodies place with the drag queen shows on the television. he is shock jock mortonj downey of the nazi shaved my head at the airport. and his brats robert downey jr, arturo the waiter from the Coffee cup who went into the gay woprld to be a dancer in the gay clubs. and michel c hall. they were in the apartment above ANANAMO, the gay bar ownwd by DAN who seems to be owner of amazon jeff bezozs and director of homeland security in the united states of america, who went to tacos revolusion and has psoriasus just like DEAN GREEN of bonnyville, husband of carla bancroft green of BONNIEVILLE ALBERTA. and the DUARTE who was put in prison and enrique netto penna was going to turn his home into a university..the home of euquine guzman a wealthly mexican charro. a wealthy rancher.
so world. here it is the criminals who took over the world with your permission and approval.
}mike please speak with neill, hilary and all the leaders. we do not need to be here for this. i am jesus christ the son of god and these sodimites did thjis to you and your friend. in te book i gave to fedel castro at andale. the leaders show a photo grapg of general norman shcwartzkoff and general colin powell. mike you are schwartzkoof and colin powel id fedel castro at andale. the three lads of the liar pictured above were on the balcony as kirt cobain would start lauging and the aircraft carrier group leader walking his dog would say..kelly things are happening.they kidnapped everyone and this goof obviously is rudy guilianni mayor of new york and lawyer for the republican party of america.
when the people from canada came last year, during summer. i was looking at fort mcmurray alberta through google street view. it was summer but fort mcmurray was covered in a white snow or ash. the next day the crew from edmonton and fort mcmurray alberta showed up
i believe th device, that kills all life but buildings stay intact was used in northern canada.this morning in canada..justin trudeu was being charged with conspiuracy by the RCMP and i looked at a live shot of the fort mcmurray internation airport and it was completely closed. no signs of life at all.
jeff bezoz owns the ship THE FLYING FOX with a crew of 54, the mont michel castle in normandy france has a full time staff of 54. please the atessa 4 yaught was stolen by prince phillip of greece and tyhe husband of queen elizebeth. juan carlos vargas purchased the atessa 4 when i asked bill gates and mark zukerberg of facebook for 5 billion dollars each..and both microsoft and facebook gave respect to me kely brian dombrowski and juan acrloa vargas with 5 billion dollars each. juan carlos bought the attessa 4 yaught which was moored at thye cruise ship pier for 4 years untill prince phillip of great britain stole it. he is the guy who drives the red jeep in front of the burger jiont bojemia. and his boyfriend is richard rameris the night stalker.
he and his boyfriend are the murdewrous pair. ng and smallwood.
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pianosandpoetry · a year ago
Books that Charlie reads in Perks of Being a Wallflower
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
The Mayor of Castro Street by Randy Shilts
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
Hamlet by William Shakespear
The Stranger by Albert Camus
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
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100gayicons · a year ago
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There’s not much I can add about Harvey Milk’s contribution to Gay Right. He was one of the first openly gay people in the United States to win an election for public office as a San Francisco City Supervisor. He was dubbed “the Mayor of Castro Street” by his constituents in the predominantly Gay neighborhood. Numerous books have written about his legacy, his murder by a fellow city supervisor.
I worked in downtown San Francisco at the time. It was an exciting but tense time. Gays were being attacked by conservative politicians regularly.
In 1977 the pious singer Anita Bryant led a campaign to overturn a gay rights ban in Florida. This was vigorously opposed by gay people across the country. Milk led a 5 mile long protest March (“Out of the Bars and into the Streets”) which I joined.
In 1978 there was proposed law would have made firing gay teachers—and any public school employees who supported gay rights—mandatory. (Milk vigorously campaigned against it.) it eventually lost by more than a million votes.
At the 1977 Gay Pride parade in San Francisco he had said to the crowd:
“On this anniversary of Stonewall, I ask my gay sisters and brothers to make the commitment to fight. For themselves, for their freedom, for their country ... We will not win our rights by staying quietly in our closets ... We are coming out to fight the lies, the myths, the distortions. We are coming out to tell the truths about gays, for I am tired of the conspiracy of silence, so I'm going to talk about it. And I want you to talk about it. You must come out. Come out to your parents, your relatives.”
In November 1978, conservative San Francisco Supervisor Dan White resign, saying the salary for the position was too low. Almost immediately he regretted his decision and asked the Mayor to be reinstated. Although Mayor Moscone initially considered it, Milk opposed it and let his feeling known.
I remember riding to work on the bus, reading about the topsy-turvey event wondering how it would all end. During this time period, 900 people of the “People’s Temple” committed suicide in Guiana - many of them were from San Francisco and the Bay Area. Then on November 27, 1978, Dan White bypassed metal detectors and murdered both Mayor Moscone and Harvey Milk.
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It’s hard to described the climate of the city at this time - after both horrific events.
Even White’s own supporters described him as:
“as a man with a pugilistic temper and an impressive capacity for nurturing a grudge"
Yet White was only convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to serve seven and two-thirds years. How? His attorneys claimed he ate an excessive amount junk food (the Twinkie Defense) which altered his perception.
White served 5 years of his sentence, serving a year parole in Los Angeles. He returned to San Francisco but his marriage soon ended. On October 21, 1985, White committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in his garage. (Frankly a death too good for him.)
But Harvey Milk is still will remembered 40+ years later.
A plaza at the intersection of Castro Street and Market Street was name in his own (flying an enormous gay flag).
In August 2009, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Milk the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Terminal 1 at San Francisco International Airport was named after Milk in 2018.
The naval ship USNS Harvey Milk (still under construction) was named in his honor (Milk was a lieutenant in the Navy and all ships of this class are named after civil rights leaders).
Today (the day I post this) would have been Milk’s 90th birthday.
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towhead · a year ago
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back-and-totheleft · 5 months ago
Stalled on Castro Street
In 1991, after a string of provocative hits including “Platoon,” “Wall Street” and “Born on the Fourth of July,” Oliver Stone was the reigning king of the Hollywood jungle. At Warner Bros. Films, he was treated like a pasha -- he was a magnet for both A-list movie stars and the most sought-after scripts. So when Zadan and Meron wanted to make a movie out of Shilts’ book, they contacted Stone, whose production company was then run by Janet Yang, one of their old friends.
One day she phoned and said in an excited voice: “Get in your car and come to Venice -- now!” As Meron recalls: “When we got there, Oliver was waiting. He said, ‘What an amazing story.’ We spent the whole day there, talking about the film and hearing his ideas.”
Once Stone blessed the project, Warners bought the movie rights to the book for the producers. By today’s standards, it seems hard to imagine a major studio in that era being daring enough to embrace a drama with a gay hero. But the Warners of 1991 had a different sensibility than the studio of today.
“In those days, studios were still looking for daring, edgy material,” recalls producer Bill Gerber, who spent more than a decade as a Warners production executive, ending up as the studio’s co-president of production. “Remember, we didn’t just make ‘JFK.’ We also did ‘The Mosquito Coast,’ ' ‘Round Midnight’ and ‘Stand and Deliver.’ Those were the days when you high-fived each other when you got Peter Weir to do a movie.”
Always interested in the collision between social causes and popular culture, Stone thought the story was filled with great dramatic potential. But having spent time speaking with Shilts as well as many of Milk’s friends, the producers were also convinced that a key ingredient in Milk’s personality was his sense of humor. That led them to the first actor to sign on to play Milk: Robin Williams.
Having spent most of his life in San Francisco, Williams was familiar with Milk’s story and eager to work with Stone. As Williams told The Times in 1992, he identified with Milk’s personal odyssey. “One of the things that intrigued me [was Harvey’s journey]. He came from New York. He was a handsome guy whose mother kept saying, ‘When you gonna get married?’ Finally he moved to San Francisco and said, ‘I don’t have to lie anymore.’ He had a love of that city. It allowed him to come out, to be himself. I came out there too, as a comic.”
To tackle the script, the producers recruited David Franzoni (“Gladiator”), who’d just finished work on “Citizen Cohn,” an HBO movie about Roy Cohn, the high-powered lawyer who’d served as a henchman for Sen. Joseph McCarthy. What Franzoni remembers best is working with Stone, who was then at the height of his powers.
“Having a meeting with him was like being in an episode in his life,” recalls Franzoni. “The tequila would come out and Oliver would always cut straight through to the issue of the moment. He was great at problem-solving. He was also great at [messing] with you, but in a weirdly productive way.”
In the early 1990s, the gay community, under siege from AIDS, was perhaps at the height of its unhappiness with Hollywood, which had generally treated homosexuals as non-persons. A number of activists were worried that any Hollywood film would treat Milk as a cardboard hero.
“A lot of people believed we were going to popularize Harvey or turn him into a harmless Zorro-style hero,” says Franzoni. Stone, Williams and Franzoni were all straight, which led to criticism that the film wouldn’t be authentic enough.
It was around this time that Stone decided to fly to San Francisco to take a firsthand look at the Castro district.
“We started out by going to Harvey’s old hangouts,” recalls Zadan. “Then Oliver said, ‘OK, now we have to check out the night life.’ He pulled us into every bar. He’d go up and start talking to guys, because, well, Oliver Stone is not shy. He told me, ‘If I get into trouble here, I’m going to say you’re my boyfriend.’ And I said, ‘Oliver, anything but that!’ ”
Stone sensed the grave distance between the joy and abandon of Harvey’s era and the anxious, post-AIDS mood in the gay culture. “Oliver understood there was this very sobering subtext, because in the early 1990s, a lot of people were already dying,” says Meron. “He kept saying how great it must’ve been to have been a young man in San Francisco in Harvey’s era, when there was no black cloud hanging over everyone’s head.”
Just as everyone was ready to move ahead, “JFK” arrived in theaters. Stone’s incendiary look at the Kennedy assassination was a bombshell, especially in the gay community, which was infuriated by the film’s portrayal of several key assassination conspirators as debauched homosexuals. Never one to back away from a fight, Stone gave an incendiary interview to the gay and lesbian newsmagazine the Advocate, in which he compared Queer Nation to a Nazi group, saying “they work through intimidation and fear.” Under siege, Stone called Zadan and Meron, saying he wanted to stay involved, but as a producer, not as the director, which he felt would make him too much of a lightning rod for criticism. It was Stone who suggested bringing in Van Sant as director.
-Patrick Goldstein, "Stalled on Castro Street," The Los Angeles Times, June 1 2008 [x]
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cogitoergofun · 8 months ago
Democrats including the New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have decried Greg Abbott’s “deep ignorance” after the Texas governor inaccurately defended his state’s new anti-abortion law, saying that it does not require victims of rape and incest to carry pregnancies to term because it provides ample time for a person to get an abortion.
The law, which took effect on 1 September, is the most extreme anti-abortion measure in the US and essentially bans most abortions, offering no exceptions for rape or incest.
Asked by a reporter on Tuesday why he would “force a rape or incest [survivor] to carry a pregnancy to term”, Abbott denied that was the case, saying the law “doesn’t require that at all because, obviously, it provides at least six weeks for a person to be able to get an abortion”.
Ocasio-Cortez called Abbott’s remarks “disgusting”, adding: “I do know that he is not familiar with a female or menstruating person’s body because if he [was], he would know you don’t have six weeks.”
Cortez went on to explain the basic biology surrounding pregnancies, and that many pregnancies are often undetected at six weeks. She said: “In case no one has informed him before in his life, six weeks pregnant means two weeks late on your period. And two weeks late on your period, for any person with a menstrual cycle, can happen if you’re stressed, if your diet changes, or for really no reason at all. So you don’t have six weeks.”
Cortez added: “He speaks from such a place of deep ignorance, and it’s not just ignorance. It’s ignorance that’s hurting people.”
Julián Castro, a former Democratic presidential candidate and mayor of San Antonio, tweeted: “Greg Abbott is lying. Many women don’t even know they’re pregnant by the six-week mark when abortion is outlawed in this bill. Rape and incest victims would be forced to carry a pregnancy to term at that point – or face civil lawsuits for getting an abortion.”
While defending the radical new law and its lack of exemptions for victims of sexual violence, the governor also vowed to purge the state of all rape and sexual assault.
Abbott said: “Rape is a crime and Texas will work tirelessly to make sure that we eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas by aggressively going out and arresting them and prosecuting them and getting off the streets.”
The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, mocked those comments at a briefing on Wednesday. “Well, if Governor Abbott has a means of eliminating all rapists or all rape from the United States, then there’d be bipartisan support for that,” she said.
The former Texas state senator Wendy Davis, who memorably staged an hours-long filibuster in 2013 to protest another restrictive abortion bill, also derided the “absurd comment”.
“How in the world are you going to do that? And if you have a magic formula for it, why haven’t you done it already?” Davis said on MSNBC.
And the Texas state representative Gene Wu mocked Abbott’s answers, tweeting, “Governor Abbott had a solution to end all rape and he sat on it until now? Does it involve a horse dewormer?”, referring to ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug mostly used on animals that has been falsely promoted by rightwing figures worldwide for treating Covid-19.
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orikoaurora · 11 months ago
What Do You Need To Know About The Stop Asian Hate Movement.
Ever since it came to light that the COVID-19 virus originated in Wuhan, China, incidents of hate against Asians in America have been steadily on the rise. According to a study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, there has been an increase of 150 percent in hate crimes against Asians in the US in 2020 — more than double of 2019. These include attacks on people of Asian origin as well as the businesses run by them. The study found that two of the cities, where Asians have been targeted the most are Los Angeles and New York.
Experts such as Karthick Ramakrishnan, founder and director of demographic data and policy research non-profit AAPI Data, believe that part of the hatred against Asians has been fuelled by the repeated use of “China virus” and “Kung Flu” by former US President Donald Trump, conservative media outlets as well as his supporters when referring to COVID-19. Commenting on the stereotypes that Asian Americans face in the US, John C. Yang President and Executive Director of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) told CNN, “Unfortunately, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders often are invisible to the public. Or, where we are visible, it falls into a couple of different stereotypes. One stereotype is the so called ‘model minority’ — the suggestion that there are no issues that really affect the Asian American community.”
This hate, marginalisation and stereotype assumed a horrific shape on March 16, 2021, in Georgia which sent shockwaves among Asians living in America and other parts of the world.
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What Happend In Georgia?
Robert Aaron Long, a 21-year-old white American, shot dead eight people at three massage parlours in Cherokee County and Atlanta city. Six of those killed were women of Asian descent. Long has been arrested and charged with eight counts of murder — four each in Cherokee and Atlanta, besides charges related to aggravated assault, attempt to murder and use of a firearm. Though Long claimed he was not motivated by the race of the victims and hate crime is not part of the charges against him, many, including Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, believe the mass shooting was an act of hate crime.
Has There Been Any Incident Post The Georgia Spa Shooting?
Multiple attacks on people of Asian origin have been reported across the US in the week since the Georgia spa shootings. A day after the incident, a 75-year-old woman was brutally assaulted in San Francisco. In three separate incidents on March 21 in New York City, a 54-year-old was hospitalised after being attacked, a 41-year-old was attacked from behind and a 37-year-old was assaulted on her way to an anti-Asian violence protest. While a man has been charged in the San Francisco incident, two men and a woman have been charged in the three NY incidents.
What Has Been The Response To The Attacks?
People have been highlighting these hate crime incidents on social media, raising awareness and asking everyone to look out for their Asian American family, friends and neighbours. Thousands took to the streets in New York, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Washington and even Montreal in Canada in the last few days speaking out against anti-Asian hate, calling for police reforms and criticising Trump for his hateful rhetoric against China during the pandemic.
During one of the marches, San Antonio Mayor Juliàn Castro told demonstrators that “For generations, Asian Americans have been discriminated against. I don’t have to tell that to anybody in this crowd.”
Following the March 16 incident, the US House Judiciary Committee’s civil rights committee held a hearing on the anti-Asian bias — a first in over 30 years.
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Are Prominent People Speaking Out On This Issue?
In the backdrop of the rise in hate crimes against the community, numerous celebrities have extended their support to rights groups and families of victims while expressing solidarity with Asians in America. Among them are actors Awkwafina, Lucy Liu, Sandra Oh, Olivia Munn, and Ken Jeong, designers Prabal Gurung and Yoon Ahn, models Mona Matsuoka and Soo Joo Park besides several others.
In an emotional Instagram video after the Georgia attacks, Tony Award-winning Ashley Park of Emily in Paris fame drew attention to the systemic racism that Asians face daily even “starting with children, when every Asian kid should be able to be good at math and play a classical instrument…”
“This racism starts at a very small level. It starts with things that you say. It starts when someone calls a virus that shut down the whole world the ‘Kung Flu virus.’ It also starts when you roll your eyes or make fun of Asian waiters or Chinese food delivery people and the nail artist,” she says in the post calling to stop Asian hate that has been viewed over three million times.
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Min Jin Lee, the celebrated author of Pachinko, in support of the Stop Asian Hate movement, tweeted, “In less than 48 hours, we had a historic Asian Oscar moment with multiple firsts in 93 years — then a mass shooting targeting 3 Asian-owned businesses. This is how terrorism works — you’re not allowed to feel safe, accepted, or valued. We can resist. Take up space. Make noise.”
Appearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties on March 18, The Good Doctor producer and actor Daniel Dae Kim called for the passage of the No Hate Bill and the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act. Referring to the failure of the bill’s passage last year, he said, “I was disheartened to find that for a bill that required no money or resources, just a simple condemnation of acts of hate against people of Asian descent, 164 members of Congress, all Republican voted against it. And now here I am again, because as every witness in this hearing has pointed out, the situation has gotten worse, much worse.”
He told the committee that even though the country Asians call their home “may consider us statistically insignificant now, but one more fact that has no alternative is that we are the fastest-growing racial demographic in the country. We are 23 million strong. We are united, and we are waking up.”
Many celebrities have been raising the issue of hate incidents against members of the community for a long time. Others who have been vocal about it include tennis star and multiple Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka, who, in a Tweet on February 7, wrote, “The amount of hate, racism, and blame for COVID towards the Asian community is disgusting. The fact that this topic is not very widely covered makes me concerned. I only found videos and information because I was scrolling through my IG feed and by some algorithm it appeared.”
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frankenshane · 4 months ago
6 and 11 for the history asks!
6. Favorite history book
A tie between Randy Shilts’ Harvey Milk biography The Mayor of Castro Street (as it’s as much about Harvey as it is San Francisco in the 1970s) and Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra (acknowledges the mythology that’s been built around the historical woman as much it delves into the precarious waters she had to tread re: the ascendant Imperial Rome of it all).
11. Favorite quote from an autobiography
Gonna fudge it a bit with one of my favorite quotes from Michelle Obama’s memoir: “I grew up with a disabled dad in a too-small house with not much money in a starting-to-fail neighborhood, and I also grew up surrounded by love and music in a diverse city in a country where an education can take you far. I had nothing or I had everything. It depends on which way you want to tell it.”
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benedictusantonius · 9 months ago
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[2021|055] The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk (1982) written by Randy Shilts
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sanfranciscoblog · 11 months ago
In a surprise announcement as part of her balanced budget proposal she introduced Tuesday, San Francisco Mayor London Breed said she is seeking funds to acquire a site in the city to build the first large-scale, freestanding LGBTQ history museum.
San Francisco is already home to a many fantastic world-class museums, but the current GLBT Historical Society location in the Castro District is a modest storefront on 18th Street.
Calling out gay District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, who represents the Castro and has been working with the GLBT Historical Society and the mayor on the museum project, Breed said she was requesting the funds "so we finally have a home for all those who fought for LGBT equity and inclusion in our city."
The mayor did not mention a dollar figure, but according to Clair Farley, a transgender woman who is a mayoral adviser and executive director of the city's Office of Transgender Initiatives, the amount is $10 million toward the acquisition of a site. The city would issue a request for proposals for use of the money, noted Farley.
"We are still working out the details," said Farley.
At present, this would be the first full-scale museum dedicated to LQBTQ history and culture anywhere in the United States.
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thekryptonknight · a year ago
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Reposting this again as I got some text messages and calls from friends tonight who saw this painted portrait of Harvey Milk during the commercials on a local ABC affiliate station during The Emmys. I’m very honored to be an Ally and it was a great honor to do this portrait of the late great Mayor of Castro Street- Harvey Milk.
***Update 9/23*** I received and email from the station as well, letting my know my work was in their website.
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barbaryhq-archive · a year ago
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nombre o seudónimo: velvet
edad: +21
zona horaria: gmt-3 (creo??)
nivel de actividad: 5/10
triggers: suicidio, maltrato animal, homofobia, racismo, cualquier tipo de violencia explícita.
algo más que se desee agregar: abracitos para ustedes <3
contraseña: removido por la administración
nombre completo: bee russell
edad: 25
faceclaim: charlie heaton
ocupación: músico, productor musical (apenas está comenzando) y a veces ayuda en la tienda de su tía.
psicología: + creativo, intuitivo, altruista, protector - distraído, inquieto, ingenuo, demasiado sensible en ocasiones
menciona de tres a cinco puntos importantes acerca de su vida:
tw: mención de violencia, mención de muerte, mención de medicamentos.
uno. bee, sí, como las abejas (el nombre se lo debe a la originalidad de su madre), nació en un pequeño pueblito de inglaterra, dentro de una familia sumamente disfuncional, rodeado de violencia y alcohol. su madre, una mujer muy dulce que merecía una vida mejor de la que tuvo, siempre trató de disfrazar la realidad, pero bee, a pesar de ser un niño, comprendía las circunstancias y siempre estuvo agradecido de las intenciones de su progenitora; siempre la defendió. pero el destino decidió arrebatarle a su madre cuando tenía apenas siete años, y si su tía materna (hermana melliza de su madre) no hubiese decidido hacerse cargo de él, lo más probable es que hubiese terminado en un hogar de menores, pues un padre alcohólico y violento no era alguien capacitado para criarlo. pero la mujer peleó por la custodia de su sobrino y cuando ganó, hizo sus maletas, tomó de la mano al niño y se fue de inglaterra sin mirar atrás.
dos. su tía ruby; la tía hippie, la tía lesbiana que la familia rechazaba, lo rescató de una realidad muy fea para enseñarle la parte más bonita del mundo y resultó ser una excelente madre. es cierto que al llegar a california tuvieron las cosas un poco difíciles, pero se tenían el uno al otro y eso era suficiente para que las heridas se fuesen convirtiendo en cicatrices. estuvieron viviendo en san diego un par de años, luego emigraron a los ángeles un tiempo, hasta que la tía ruby se enteró de que en san francisco existía un lugar con una comunidad que era muy amigable con las personas como ella. así es como terminaron en castro, donde se establecieron definitivamente. bee terminó su educación y su tía abrió una pequeña tiendita de joyas artesanales.
tres. bee siempre fue un muchacho que se podría catalogar como peculiar; muy sensible, demasiado bondadoso para su propio bien, de esos chiquillos que a veces ven el mundo con ojos demasiado diferentes. pero su mayor peculiaridad es su alto nivel de sinestesia, consecuencia de que cuando tenía diez años se cayó de un árbol y se golpeó la cabeza. nadie se explica cómo sucedió, pero después del accidente comenzó a percibir la mezcla de sus sentidos y cómo podía captar cosas que otras personas no podían, como el sabor de una palabra o la textura de una nota musical. y cuando lo comenta, suena como algo descabellado, pero este detalle es parte fundamental de su vida y una gran herramienta para su arte. sin embargo, a veces puede resultar demasiado abrumador y bee se ve obligado a recurrir a los medicamentos que acallan un poco sus sentidos.
cuatro. desde temprana edad bee mostró su amor hacia la música, cosa que su madre siempre alentó y que la tía ruby fomentó todavía más cuando le regaló su primera guitarra; un instrumento de segunda mano que el muchacho todavía conserva. y cabe destacar que, si bien jamás fue de los mejores estudiantes y sus calificaciones siempre rondaban apenas lo mediocre, bee puede adjudicarse el título de virtuoso. todas las capacidades que nunca empleó en la sala de clases, las usó para aprender instrumentos y componer canciones, convirtiéndose la guitarra en su favorita. además del instrumento de cuerdas, aprendió a tocar el bajo, el piano, el sintetizador, la batería y una harmónica que compró de casualidad. y fue por esta razón que, después de un año, abandonó sus estudios de economía para dedicarse a la música. consiguió trabajo en una disquera de san francisco donde comenzó llevando café y donde actualmente trabaja como productor con alguno artistas. además, se desempeña como guitarrista en la banda (love street) que formó con su compañera de piso y con quien está trabajando en su primer álbum.
cinco. tiene una pequeña hija de un año y seis meses llamada peppermint rosie (y bee es completamente culpable de ese nombre). ese pequeño ser humano llegó a su vida de manera demasiado sorpresiva, como consecuencia del descuido de una noche. después de una de las presentaciones de su banda, conoció a una chica muy bonita y el resto es historia. jamás tuvo una relación amorosa con la madre de su hija, pero sí son muy buenos amigos y comparten el cuidado de la pequeña. bee está apenas aprendiendo lo que significa ser padre, pero, desde el primer momento, se propuso dar toda su atención y cariño a la pequeña peppermint.
hace cuánto vive en barbary lane: hace doce años. hasta los veinte vivió en un apartamento con su tía, pero ella se mudó con su actual esposa y bee se quedó allí, ahora en compañía de willow su compañera de piso.
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kittysuragi · a year ago
ok can i please ask what your blog title means
adfksdkj honestly it’s so old it’s from like 7th grade but!! to go more in depth than you were probably asking for, harvey milk was the first gay man to hold elected office in california (maybe all of the usa??) when he was on the board of supervisors in san francisco. he and george moscone, the current mayor of san fracisco, were shot and killed by their former coworker and ex cop dan white (who killed moscone over politics, milk over politics and probably some hate crime thrown in). if you’ve ever heard of the twinkie defense, it originated in this trial! dan white plead insanity on the idea that he was depressed from eating too much junk food, and it worked. he got off with like 6 years in prison bc he was only convicted of manslaughter, even after point blank shooting two men.
i read a harvey milk biography in 7th grade (mayor of castro street by randy shilts, if you’re looking for book recommendations! it can be a little boring, like all biographies, but it did make me sob in the middle of algebra) which (a) introduced me to the concept of acab and (b) made me incredibly furious. i had seen vintage pins that said “avenge oscar wilde” but like lol oscar wilde dug himself into his own pit and was antisemitic. harvey milk was jewish and brutally assasinated and i felt that he needed avenging more. i haven’t had a better title in mind since then, so it’s here to stay!
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piechenglishaportfolio · a year ago
Harvey Milk
Basic information:
·       Harvey Bernard Milk
·       Born May 22, 1930;
·       Middle-class, Jewish;
·       Second son;
·       Grew up in Woodmere, Long Island;
·       Joined the navy after college;
·       Was a stock-broker on Wall Street;
·       In  1960s befriended avangard people, then became a producer on Broadway;
·       Took part in many protests (anti-war, defending human’s rights);
·       Knew he was gay since he was 14;
·       Opened a camera store on Castro Street in San Francisco;
·       Kind, helpful, funny;
·       A great speaker;
·       Always stood up for what he believed;
·       Fought for rights of all minorities;
  Important dates and campaigns in his political career:
·       Moved to San Francisco in 1960s; - there he took part in neighbourhood’s politics;
·       1973 – running for the board of supervisor San Francisco city council – many people treated him as a joke (he was openly gay by then) – lost three times;
·       1975 – George Mosconi becomes San Francisco mayor – supports homosexuals, including Milk – changed the form of electing candidates for supervisors – candidates ran from districts, not town;
·       1974 - Castro Street Fair – a street with a lot of gay businesses;
·       In 1977 he run for a supervisor again – had two other serious rivals, other one was also gay – walked door-to-door to gain support – won (it was his 4th attempt) – firs gay supervisor in San Francisco history;
·       Dan White – opposed Milk in everything he did;
·       Gay Rights Bill of San Francisco – signed in 1978, strongly advocated by Milk;
·       1978 – Briggs Initiative – Milk fought hard against it;
·       November 27, 1978 – Milk and Moscone were shot by Dan White on the day his replacement were supposed to be announced;
  Milk’s stress on the coming out of gay people:
·       Power in numbers;
·       If there are more openly gay people, more people know and are friends or family of homosexuals – they realize they are normal people who deserve the same rights;
·       Breaking a taboo;
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