Sunday, January 4, 2009

Lipstick, Dipstick & Harvey Milk

When my sister was visiting, she and her girlfriend took a trip to the mall. Here's a photo she sent me from her iphone of our book on display with Harvey Milk at Barnes & Noble. Pretty cool.

If you haven't seen the movie Milk yet, make plans to see it. It documents an important piece of queer history. But also the parallels to today's struggles, especially Prop 8, are astounding.

It made me wonder, why haven't we learned from history?  Why can't we build the kind of coalitions that Harvey built? Why didn't the "No on 8" people use Barack Obama's endorsement against 8 more vigorously? 

And why are we fighting the same fight 30 years later? Milk is all at once inspiring and infuriating. If you see only one movie this year, see Milk.

3 comments:

Alana said...

Fuck yeah, I'll see Milk.

breathingmoss said...

Congratulations on the auspicious book placement!

I saw Milk yesterday for the first time. I waited because I wanted to see the 1984 documentary first, and I'm glad I made that choice.

After seeing both the documentary and the Van Sant film, I had a few thoughts. I wondered why the film's US release was held until the 30th anniversary of the assassination, a few weeks after the November election. The parallels between Props 6 and 8 were many, and I can't help but wonder if a pre-11/4 release might have made a difference. I was also struck by the omission of the word "gay" in 1978 Prop 6 literature, similar to the omission of gay couples in Prop 8 television ads.

And yes, I agree, the film/story is both inspiring and infuriating. I was only two years old when Harvey Milk was both triumphant and assassinated. Thirty years later, I'm astounded by how far we've come, in some respects. But at the same time, the degree to which homophobia persists, now often with a sheen of politeness, is nevertheless pervasive and insidious.

Thanks, as always, for posting.

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