Hope Will Never Be Silent

In honor of Harvey Milk Day and what would have been the LGBTQ icon's 88th birthday, a nod to the enduring legacy of the first openly gay person elected to public office in a major U.S city. During his too-short life and tenure as San Francisco Supervisor, Milk and his army of activists challenged the ugly lies of the anti-gay Briggs Initiative - gay=child molesters - telling his gay brothers and sisters, “Once and for all, break down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions....You must come out." Before being assassinated barely a year after his election, Milk fought for the right to be visible, to be who he was without shame or fear, to join with all those disenfranchised - black, old, poor, disabled, the "us'es" - seeking "a green light to move forward." Above all, he stood for courage and hope. In a famous 1978 speech, he summoned the image of young gay people, many feeling afraid and alone, across the country. " You have to give them hope,” he said. "Hope for a better world, hope for a better tomorrow." Today, we can all use it. Happy Birthday, Harvey.

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