16 April 2009 at 8:33:17 AM
We watched Danish movie "Brothers* last night, highly recommended if you like a good family dynamics storyline. The story starts out with a brother who believes himself to be morally superior to his brother, who has a great family, and who is being sent to Afghanistan. His brother is seen by the parents as a ne-er do well, especially in comparison to the accomplished older brother. But something happens in Afghanistan which changes everyone's world.
Also watched *Milk* which was also an excellent movie. (My hub would not watch it with me because he doesn't like scenes of emotional affection between men, including kissing. If you also don't, then this is not the movie for you.) I liked the way the movie seamlessly went between footage of Harvey Milk, Anita Bryant, San Francisco, etc and new movie scenes. I vaguely remembered Harvey Milk and the Mayor of San Francisco being shot, and, more than that, recalled that Dan White tried to justify it with the *twinkie defense*, that is, the sugar in his diet so upset his equilibrium that he was led to shoot people. And this cartoon, via Jobsanger is relevant.
That kind of sums up Harvey Milk and Dan White
What I didn't remember was that gay people were being kicked out of jobs if their sexual affiliation came out openly.
A version of the Hope Speech that he gave near the end of his life was considered by his friends and aides to be the best, and the closing the most effective:
And the young gay people in the Altoona, Pennsylvanias and the Richmond, Minnesotas who are coming out and hear Anita Bryant in television and her story. The only thing they have to look forward to is hope. And you have to give them hope. Hope for a better world, hope for a better tomorrow, hope for a better place to come to if the pressures at home are too great. Hope that all will be all right. Without hope, not only gays, but the blacks, the seniors, the handicapped, the us'es, the us'es will give up. And if you help elect to the central committee and other offices, more gay people, that gives a green light to all who feel disenfranchised, a green light to move forward. It means hope to a nation that has given up, because if a gay person makes it, the doors are open to everyone.
In the last year of his life, Milk emphasized that gay people should be more visible to help to end the discrimination and violence against them. Although Milk had not come out to his mother before her death many years before, in his final statement during his taped prediction of his assassination, he urged others to do so:
I cannot prevent anyone from getting angry, or mad, or frustrated. I can only hope that they'll turn that anger and frustration and madness into something positive, so that two, three, four, five hundred will step forward, so the gay doctors will come out, the gay lawyers, the gay judges, gay bankers, gay architects ... I hope that every professional gay will say 'enough', come forward and tell everybody, wear a sign, let the world know. Maybe that will help.
I only marginally followed the proposition 8 battle in California about gay marriage. I've actually been more interested in related items like Rick Warren's hypocrisy and lies.
I don't know why it makes any difference to anyone whether someone can claim *marriage* as part of their committed relationship. Really, who cares? Besides a general "I'm religious, I think it's wrong", which is a legitimate opinion but doesn't require that others also believe the same way, how does that personally affect anyone? For example, let's take a scenario where you teach your children, based on your religious beliefs, that homosexuality is wrong. And then your kids come home from school, where they have heard the opposite viewpoint, or saw something on television, etc. Is it not your option and responsibility to teach your children what you believe and why? Unless you take your family and live in a cave, you can't escape *worldly* viewpoints that you don't agree with; you can only strive to share what you believe with your children, along with the reasons why.
Icontinue to believe as I did earlier last year.
I'm a heterosexual female, married, with kids, but I am not in the least offended by videos with gay people. Nor am I offended if two homosexuals want to marry each other or be able to see each other in the hospital or put the other person on for insurance benefits or whatever. In fact, the last company I worked for had partner benefits and I think that's the right thing to do. I don't see what any of that has to do with ME, unless it's money out of my pocket. (In fact, I have long thought that the whole gay-social conservative stuff is a blind for corporations that do NOT want to pay benefits, etc and it's a nice dodge to have corps off the hook by people who feign morality outrage.) And I am an adult. I don't care if it's a man hitting on me or a woman, what, I can't say NO and tell them to bug off? It infantlizes people to say that they cannot take care of themselves.
Finally, why didn't this movie come out while Prop 8 was going on? I've been thinking this morning about rights for all people. For myself as a woman, I'm a little offended that women didn't even get the right to vote until 1920. 1920! Less than one hundred years ago-what happened to "all men are created equal". I remember in the 1970's there was a case about birth control, where a WIFE had to take her husband to COURT because he wouldn't give her permission to use birth control. Please. That was only about 30 years ago. I remember as a child that interrracial marriage was against the law. And of course, this country is known for slavery and didn't change that fact even at the founding of the United States in 1776.
On the other hand, it HAS only been about 30-40 years since some of the most egregious civil rights issues have been fixed. so there's hope, especially with 3 states where the court has ruled against discrimination against gays and one state where a law was passed mandating no discrimination.
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