harvey-milk

Go after her. Fuck, don’t sit there and wait for her to call, go after her because that’s what you should do if you love someone, don’t wait for them to give you a sign cause it might never come, don’t let people happen to you, don’t let me happen to you, or her, she’s not a fucking television show or tornado. There are people I might have loved had they gotten on the airplane or run down the street after me or called me up drunk at four in the morning because they need to tell me right now and because they cannot regret this and I always thought I’d be the only one doing crazy things for people who would never give enough of a fuck to do it back or to act like idiots or be entirely vulnerable and honest and making someone fall in love with you is easy and flying 3000 miles on four days notice because you can’t just sit there and do nothing and breathe into telephones is not everyone’s idea of love but it is the way I can recognize it because that is what I do. Go scream it and be with her in meaningful ways because that is beautiful and that is generous and that is what loving someone is, that is raw and that is unguarded, and that is all that is worth anything, really.
—  Harvey Milk

An anti-gay group in the US is telling its members to return all mail with a Harvey Milk stamp.

In a 27 May blog post, the American Family Association rails against the US Postal Service stamp honoring the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California.

‘Refuse to accept mail at your home or business if it is postmarked with the Harvey Milk stamp,’ AFA writes. 'Simply write “Return to Sender” on the envelope and tell your postman you won’t accept it.’

Austin McKenzie to star as LGBT rights leader in new ABC miniseries by Gus Van Sant and Dustin Lance Black

The 22-year-old, who recently starred as Melchior Gabor in Broadway’s Spring Awakening revival by Deaf West Theatre, will portray young activist Cleve Jones, who joined the gay liberation movement in 1972 with pioneer gay rights leader Harvey Milk.

The highly anticipated project, titled “When We Rise,” marks a reunion for director Gus Van Sant and  writer Dustin Lance Black, who worked together on the Oscar-winning “Milk.”

Also starring in the miniseries are Emily Skeggs (Medium Allison in ”Fun Home”) as women’s rights leader Roma Guy, Mary-Louise Parker as the older Roma Guy, and Guy Pearce as the older Cleve Jones.

Read more HERE.

The Rainbow Flag, created by Gilbert Baker, is now part of MoMA’s design collection. Curatorial assistant Michelle Millar Fisher spoke to Baker about this powerful and important design. 

[The Rainbow Flag waving in the wind at San Francisco’s Castro District. Photo: Benson Kua. Image used through Wikimedia Commons]

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LGBTQ* Literature: History Edition

1. Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians edited by Lillian Faderman and Stuart Timmons

2. Jeb and Dash: A Diary of Gay Life 1918-1945 edited by Ina Russell

3. The Gay Metropolis: The Landmark History of Gay Life in America Since World War II by Charles Kaiser

4. Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World 1890-1940 by George Chauncey

5. The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk by Randy Shilts

6. The Queer Sixties edited by Patricia Juliana Smith