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Homosexuals Fight Over Milk ‘Landmark’

From a foot-stomping mad Associated Press:

New tenant of Harvey Milk’s old store draws ire

Tue Dec 14, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO – On the surface, the new tenant at the storefront where Harvey Milk waged his historic political campaign would seem like the last organization to anger people in the gay community.

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights lobbying group, wants to open up an information center and a gift shop in the building that would pay tribute to the slain gay rights leader.

Whose death, despite all mythology to the contrary, had nothing to do with his sexual persuasion.

But Milk’s friends and admirers are so incensed at the group taking over the slain San Francisco supervisor’s stomping grounds that they would rather see a Starbucks there, underscoring the tensions that exist within the various factions of the gay rights movement.

The organization is a frequent target of criticism from gay rights activists who consider its mainstream, "inside the Beltway" style ineffective. They believe the organization’s philosophy of incremental progress in the gay rights movement runs completely counter to the uncompromising message of gay pride championed by Milk.

"It’s spitting in the face of Harvey’s memory," said AIDS Memorial Quilt founder Cleve Jones, who received his political education at Milk’s side in the 1970s.

"What’s next? Removing the Mona Lisa’s face and replacing it with the Wal-Mart smiley face?" asked Bil [sic] Browning, the founder of a popular gay issues blog.

What can you say about such hysteria. Except maybe to cite the etymology of the word ‘hysteria.’

The Washington-based nonprofit organization announced last week that it was moving its San Francisco "Action Center" [sic] and gift store into the site of Milk’s old Castro Camera.

It’s a historic site in the gay rights community. A sidewalk plaque outside that marks the spot’s historical significance and encases some of Milk’s ashes is a popular stop for visitors making pilgrimages to San Francisco gay landmarks.

What a world.

In the 32 years since Milk was assassinated at City Hall along with Mayor George Moscone, the building has housed a clothing store, a beauty supply shop, and most recently, a housewares emporium.

HRC President Joe Solmonese said the new location will stock items bearing Milk’s words and image, with a portion of the proceeds going to a local elementary school named in Milk’s honor and the GLBT Historical Society. The organization also plans to preserve a Milk mural the previous tenants installed, Solmonese said.

As Christopher Wren’s epitaph puts it, ‘if you seek his monument – look around.’ 

"People are rightly protective of the legacy of Harvey Milk, and we intend to do our part to honor that legacy," Human Rights Campaign spokesman Michael Cole-Schwartz said. "Bringing an LGBT civil rights presence to the space that has previously been several for-profit retail outlets is a worthwhile goal."

Not according to activists like Jones and Dustin Lance Black, the screenwriter who won an Oscar for "Milk" — the 2008 Sean Penn movie about the first openly gay man elected to a major elected office in the U.S.

During his life, Milk railed against well-heeled gay leaders he regarded as assimilationists and elitists — Black devoted two scenes in "Milk" to the subject. Some of the leading activists he crossed swords with went on to launch the Human Rights Campaign, which sometimes is criticized for focusing on lavish fundraisers and political access at the expense of results, Jones said.

"He was not an ‘A-Gay’ and had no desire to be an A-Gay. He despised those people and they despised him," he said. "That, to me, is the crowd HRC represents. Don’t try to wrap yourself up in Harvey Milk’s mantle and pretend you are one of us."

The Human Rights Campaign has been struggling to regain its credibility with gay activists who favor a more grass roots approach since at least early 2008, when the group agreed to endorse a federal bill that included job protections for gays and lesbians, but not transgender people.

The disillusionment grew later that year with the passage of a same-sex marriage ban in California. Although HRC donated $3.4 million to fight Proposition 8, the devastating loss provoked young gay activists to take to the streets and to question the organizing and messaging abilities of established gay rights groups…

The ‘homosexual community’ could give the Shiites and the Sunnis lessons on how not to get along. 

Of course, none of this is really news. But it does tell us something — maybe too much — about the state of our society at the end of the first decade of the 21st century.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, December 14th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “Homosexuals Fight Over Milk ‘Landmark’”

  1. U NO HOO says:

    “He was not an ‘A-Gay’”

    That sentence makes my eyes water.

  2. proreason says:

    When will redheads get their rights?

    HAVEN’T THEY SUFFERED ENOUGH !!!

  3. tranquil.night says:

    Out of the malls and into the streets!

  4. TerryAnne says:

    Wow. Wonder what the quotes will be like, “Mwwwrrph. Gggrruffffpppp. Zxxxhhpptt. ”

    (I’m slapping my own wrist. Sorry ’bout that.) ;)

  5. GetBackJack says:

    So many jokes come to mind about spilled milk, but this is a family friendly forum so ….

  6. NoNeoCommies says:

    Another example of the problems we have as a result of failing schools.
    If these dweebs were taught about property rights, they would realize they have no say.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      BINGO!!!

      Liberal Homos of the theater/arts don’t have the ‘MONEY’ to up the ante for their precious shiite hole.
      BWaaaaaaaaHaaaaaa!

      As for the split in their faction…….I see a purth fight coming!

  7. mr_bill says:

    The irony of all this is that liberal groups (homos in this case) insist on stripping the sanctity of that which is sacred (Christ-mas, marriage, etc.) and at the same time sactifying that which is not sacred (i.e. some store where Harvey Milk gave his boyfriend a hummer in 1975).

    • JohnMG says:

      Spot on, mr_bill.

      In trashing that which is held with reverence and respect by the majority they inadvertently surrender any claim to the same consideration. But this is par for the course with all manner of liberal thinking. They demand for themselves that which they would deny to others.

      The irony is striking. They insist in demeaning the institution of traditional marriage and hold it in contempt, while at the same time expecting that they will be afforded the legitimacy it confers.

      Such stupidity is mind-numbing.

  8. jambon says:

    “San Francisco gay landmarks”

    That’s enough reason for me to never want to go there.

  9. dodgeboy27 says:

    “Some of the leading activists he crossed swords with went on to launch the Human Rights Campaign”

    It’s wrong for me to make a joke about gay men “crossing swords” isn’t it?

    I knew it.

  10. wardmama4 says:

    Oh my, oh my, oh my – as my hubby would say – such a target rich environment! I am so happy to see you all touch on some of them, however in my first read through, this caught my eye and I just had to comment – as in – what would a muslim think about this sentence – and can the US Armed Forces arrange a meeting?!?

    It’s a historic site in the gay rights community. A sidewalk plaque outside that marks the spot’s historical significance and encases some of Milk’s ashes is a popular stop for visitors making pilgrimages to San Francisco gay landmarks.

    I still think that Dan White’s ‘Twinkie Defense’ was oh so appropriate in this entire situation. Waaaay too much sugar in San Fransisco!

  11. canary says:

    NoNeoCommies: / Another example of the problems we have as a result of failing schools.
    If these dweebs were taught about property rights, they would realize they have no say.

    This is what caught my eye along with HRC, one of Obama’s agenda orgs to get some triple dipping doubling dipping federal stimulus funds as the school will recieve federal stimulus funds upon their gaining fund raising according to what the article says in the following.

    “HRC President Joe Solmonese said the new location will stock items bearing Milk’s words and image, with a portion of the procee’sds going to a local elementary school named in Milk’s honor and the GLBT Historical Society. The organization also plans to preserve a Milk mural…

    …. “Bringing an LGBT civil rights presence to the space that has previously been several for-profit retail outlets is a worthwhile goal.”

    … the Human Rights Campaign, which sometimes is criticized for focusing on lavish fundraisers and political access at the expense of results…

    “” the space that has previously been several for-profit retail outlets is a worthwhile goal.”””

    We are dealing with cities and towns taking people’s homes and lands. We have a new group that is looking into what is going on in my town. I still haven’t figured out the big push and outrageous amount
    going to arts (statues (mainly one person profiting as far as shovel jobs) ugly eye sore art propping up at such a rate of speed, and an ongoing fund raising for art that doesn’t dent the cost off this art (but does let them receive federal stimulus money). Does it make since for nationwide stimulus money
    at the nations expense to pay for art a counselor’s whim to spend money on art while our country is starving. And now we are contracting out of state work for a petty job our city does, from a company that is very secretive, but I happen to believe has a contract with FEMA. They will not give out their credentials as they are very confidential.

    Anyways, I am just glad that I am not going crazy and others are totally on to what’s going on secretly
    in this town and in the state. We have no conservative media anymore.

    Why does the media Newspapers, News TV not tell of such things, refuse to report corruption, instead doing a story of a dog adopted? Ours is promoting the Obama agenda to a “t”.

    $etc. The better light they make a state look, the more that will move here, and the more papers they will sell. The more will watch their news channels.

    Sorry such a long posting, but look around at money being wasted on art, while the schools nationwide are cutting it out of school, in order to make the improvements the Obama federal stimulus school agenda works. Mandatory classes last year to graduate are no longer, and new classes are required. It is to show extra classes have been added and show the grades.

  12. fallingpianos says:

    Where’s Rodney King when you need him?

  13. Mithrandir says:

    Everything gay is sacred now. Even damaging gay books in a library can trigger a hate-crime investigation.

    You know those “alarmists” who say, “What’s next!?” –then say some ridiculous future event….they are always right.

    http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2010/12/13/lamont-hammonds-LGBT-harvard/


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