I rented MILK and watched it last night. It was good. If you haven't seen it yet, do. If you don't support Gays and/or if you don't like politics, you most likely won't like it. But if you support them and like politics, you'll like it, I'm sure. Sean Penn was amazing and I love James Franco in anything. Anita Bryant makes me rage. Seriously. I'm ashamed to not know who she was before I saw this movie. Now, she's up there with Palin.
For those who don't know who Harvey Milk is, you should research him or just watch the movie. He became the first openly gay person to be elected Supervisor of San Francisco.
My sister and I watched it and talked about it after. She brought up how odd it is we didn't learn any of this in school. We didn't learn anything about Gay History. Why? Because there are too many Anita Bryants in the world. I thought I would learn more about her today. I found this insane article by Janet Porter about the 2008 Election and she brought up Anita Bryant. You should definitely read the whole article, its baffling. Here is just one quote from the article:
"Or you can sit it out. Don't endorse. Don't vote. And Clinton or Obama will deadbolt the fire exits and rip out the sprinklers. They will then lock arms and prevent any of us from entering the building to rescue the children inside. They will also prevent notification of parents whose children are about to be burned alive."
I don't understand her way of thinking and the people that are like her who think the same way. How can people be so bigoted and act so righteous? It baffles my mind. The article was written March 11, 2008. She states that Anita Bryant was given an award and a standing ovation that weekend in New Orleans. I can't believe she was given an award. Read the whole article here. I think its sad how long its taking us to give rights to Gays. Why is it taking so long? Why do people think that they are dangerous? I know their arguments and they don't make any sense to me. Its very close-minded thinking. Just give them equal rights. You don't have to call it marriage but give them the same rights. They aren't animals.
There are really sad parts in MILK where Gays are killed for just walking with their long-time partner down the street. How is that right? It is wrong. I can't believe how cruel our society is. "ALL Men are created equal." Wake up. Anita Bryant is now 69 years old. This is just one of the many hateful things she said during her "Save Our Children" campaign, "As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children" and "If gays are granted rights, next we'll have to give rights to prostitutes and to people who sleep with St. Bernards and to nail biters."
I think they are probably very, very few Gays that are perverts, just like there aren't many straight perverts. Should we discriminate a whole group because of a few people that are corrupt? No. Gays aren't prostitutes. And nail biters? What a weird comment. How did Gays become Gay in the first place? How could they be recruited in the beginning? See, I don't understand their arguments.
Recently, in November 2008 a Miami-Dade Circuit Court overturned the Florida statute forbidding Gay Adoption. Finally a win for Gays. Miami-Dade is where Anita Bryant's campaign began. In the movie, they showed Jimmy Carter making a speech about voting against Proposition 6. That made me like Jimmy even more. Ronald Reagan was against the Prop also.
I just had to blog about this crazy lady to get some anger out. :)
"On this anniversary of Stonewall, I ask my gay sisters and brothers to make the commitment to fight. For themselves, for their freedom, for their country ... We will not win our rights by staying quietly in our closets ... We are coming out to fight the lies, the myths, the distortions. We are coming out to tell the truths about gays, for I am tired of the conspiracy of silence, so I'm going to talk about it. And I want you to talk about it. You must come out. Come out to your parents, your relatives." - Harvey Milk
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