Saturday, November 1, 2008

Movie: The Times of Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk was the first openly gay politician to be elected in California. He was assassinated in 1978.

You may have heard about the Hollywood biopic Milk that has recently been released. You may not be aware that Harvey Milk was the subject of an Academy Award-winning documentary called The Times of Harvey Milk that was made in 1984.

The documentary tells a story that needs to be heard today. What I liked about it is the perspective it gives on the history of gay rights. Milk was a pioneer in this area and helped defeat a California ballot measure called the Briggs Initiative that would have made it illegal for gay people to teach school. The arguments presented on behalf of this initiative are eerily familiar, since they are currently being repeated in support of banning gay marriage.

Make yourself some popcorn and rent the DVD. Netflix has it.

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