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“Pro-Family” Group Urges Boycott of Harvey Milk Day (Video)

“Pro-Family” Group Urges Boycott of Harvey Milk Day (Video)

May 22 is Harvey Milk Day, in commemoration of the civil rights leader who was California’s first openly gay elected official. Elected to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors in 1977, Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were killed by Supervisor Dan White in 1978.

California lawmakers declared May 22, Milk’s birthday, to be Harvey Milk Day in 2009. “Save California,” a conservative, “pro-family” (read: pro its definition of family) is urging parents to keep their kids home from school on May 22 in an inflammatory and fear-mongering radio ad:

Parents, your boys and girls are being targeted for immoral indoctrination at school on Harvey Milk Day…. Given this man’s notorious agenda against marriage, family, morality, and God himself, you’ll be shocked at what Harvey Milk Day will teach boys and girls as young as kindergarten.

As MSNBC quotes Glendon Hyde, of the Harvey Milk Democratic Club: The ads are “pure, fear-based manipulation.” SFWeekly indeed comments that Save California’s video requires “parental discretion” should you want to watch it.

Save California’s ugly message is getting more attention that it merits. There are far more events that honor Milk and his work on behalf of gay rights, small businesses and neighborhood issues. A social liberal, Milk’s concerns included public transportation and less expensive childcare.

I was 9 1/2 years old when Milk and Moscone were brutally slain and still remember seeing the headlines in the San Francisco Chronicle about the terrible killings and trying to understand, why. This video from Senator Nancy Pelosi commemorates Milk’s many contributions and reminds us of why, indeed, students in California and elsewhere need to learn about his work and legacy.

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6:49PM PDT on May 25, 2012

Harvey Milk Day should forever be celebrated.

7:49AM PDT on May 20, 2012

How come we let these groups define themselves as "pro" anything (life, family) when it's clear that they are anti? They are anti choice and personal freedom, anti gay people and families, anti civil rights applying equally to all. Let's call a spade a spade.

10:41PM PDT on May 19, 2012

What would Jesus do? Not what these people advocate.

10:29PM PDT on May 19, 2012

They call themselves "pro family", yet they center themselves entirely around breaking families up if they're homosexual.

It doesn't make much sense to me, personally. Also, Harvey Milk was a great man, and whatever misgivings others had about the film, I think it was a great film and that Sean Penn acted his role out perfectly, no matter what his personal feelings may have been.

10:00PM PDT on May 19, 2012

They can stay home and pray for Harvey's misguided gay soul too. Very Christian. Or they can sew up their kkk costumes for the next rally. Don't forget to use white sheets, not the flowered ones or particularly NOT the rainbow striped ones!

8:10PM PDT on May 19, 2012

Ironic...Harvey Milk was a champion of equal rights, but in the movie about him, he was played by chronic homophobe and pathological wife-beater Sean Penn, the primary reason I refuse to see the movie being so that I won't financially support that asshole. I almost wonder if the casting director didn't cast Penn in the role to subconsciously suppress Milk's message. He doesn't even look like Milk. Matthew Broderick would have been much better in the role.

6:43PM PDT on May 19, 2012

Harvey Milk is one of my heroes. I will always remember his kindness and bravery.

5:03PM PDT on May 19, 2012

So these people who want to keep their kids home from school should also stay home from their jobs so they can all hate together as a family. Oh, and they are probably "good Christians" too. Jesus would be so ashamed of them if he were here. These people are disgusting, despicable, sad and pathetic.

2:41PM PDT on May 19, 2012

One of the things I do to decorate our yard for Samhain is set up a little something I call the "Unsung Heroes Row." That is a row of homemade tombstones with the names of people who made real history in the world with their actions or words that helped us achieve equal rights in one form or another, but for some reason these people are largely unknown today. Right now, the list is as follows:

1. Margaret Sanger (fighting for contraception access)
2. Crystal Lee Sutton (fighting for unions, the inspiration for the movie "Norma Rae")
3. Del Martin (gay-rights advocate, part of the first same-sex couple married in California before Proposition H8 got the law overturned)
4. Sgt. Patrick Stewart (Wiccan soldier killed in combat whose widow fought to get the Wiccan pentacle put on his tombstone after the VA dragged their feet for TEN YEARS!)
5. George Carlin (basically wasn't afraid to speak his mind about hot-button issues in his comedy)
6. Harvey Milk (see above article for reasons why)

Other names will be added this year-I'm still researching to see who's going to get the honors. I know Madalyn Murray O'Hair is going to be one of them, and I just have to figure out who else.

Surprisingly, since we live in a small town in a largely "red" county, none of the tombstones have gotten vandalized yet, but I always make sure to document their presence with a picture taken immediately after setting them up in case someone did do something stupid like that!

12:47PM PDT on May 19, 2012

'Pro-family', huh?

I don't think so.

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