Friday, May 29, 2009

A short article to kick off your summer reading list

Last week, in honor of Harvey Milk's birthday (also known as "Harvey Milk Day" in San Diego) the Gay and Lesbian Times ran a story about Harvey that includes interviews with Dear Harvey playwright Patty Loughrey and the real life people that appear in the play. (Actors, you may recognize some of your lines!) Read the article here!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

No More Mrs. Nice Gay!

"No civil rights movement has EVER lost. Never. It is not a matter of if our community will win full equal rights, including marriage. It is only a matter of when. But as in all civil rights movements, we will have to fight like hell for it." - Robin Tyler
Robin Tyler and her wife, Diane Olson

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The fight isn't over

Californians who believe in equal rights were dealt a blow today when the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8. Thankfully, couples who wed before the election will continue to be married under state law. But the fight isn't over! Meet at Balboa Park today at 5 to march and rally. We WILL get this hateful proposition overturned!

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Harvey Milk’s legacy honored at local event: San Diego News Network

San Diego | Harvey Milk’s legacy honored at local event | San Diego News Network

"Megan Hogan - like the late, gay activist Harvey Milk, who was honored in San Diego at a diversity breakfast Friday - knows the value of building strong coalitions and inspiring others.

Despite taunts from classmates and objections from parents, the 18-year-old high school senior started the Diversity Club and Gay-Straight Alliance in January at Del Mar’s Winston School, a college-prep school for students with learning disabilities. The goal: to unite students from different backgrounds to underscore the importance of embracing one another’s differences."

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Day of Decision

From the Los Angeles Times on May 22, 2009; article written by Maura Dolan:

The California Supreme Court announced today that it will rule Tuesday on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the November ballot measure that resurrected a ban on same-sex marriage.

The ruling, which will be posted at 10 a.m., will also determine whether an estimated 18,000 same-sex marriages will continue to be recognized by the state.

Gay rights lawyers have argued that the ballot measure was an illegal constitutional revision rather than a more limited amendment. Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown urged the court to reject the measure on different grounds. He contended the proposition was unconstitutional because it took away an inalienable right without compelling justification.

Chief Justice Ronald M. George and Justice Joyce L. Kennard will cast key votes in the case. They were part of the four-judge majority that gave gays the right to marry last May, but both indicated at oral argument that they were not persuaded the measure was unconstitutional.

The court’s majority decision should be revealed in the first or second page of the ruling and reiterated in its last paragraph. Separate concurring and dissenting opinions follow.

Counting votes may be tricky because the court is dealing with three different legal issues: the revision challenge, the attorney general’s challenge and the fate of existing same-sex marriages.

The court’s vote on whether Proposition 8 is an impermissible revision, for example, will probably differ from its vote on whether existing marriages should continue to be recognized by the state.

Justices who disagree with the majority file dissents. If they agree with only part of the majority decision, they file an opinion called a partial concurrence and dissent.

During oral argument in March, every justice expressed support for upholding existing marriages. Justice Carlos M. Moreno indicated he believed Proposition 8 was an illegal revision, indicating he would dissent on that question

Moreno might be joined by Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar, a former civil rights lawyer who stressed the court was dealing with a novel legal question. Werdegar, however, did not join Moreno in voting to put the measure on hold pending the court’s ruling.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

School Halts 6th Grader's Report on Harvey Milk: ACLU steps in, threatens suit

"David Blair-Loy, legal director of the ACLU of San Diego County, said the principal of Mt. Woodson Elementary School in Ramona violated the free speech rights of 6th-grader Natalie Jones, who was the only student in her class prevented from giving an in-class presentation."

Read the entire story here.

Remembering Harvey

Harvey Milk would have turned 79 tomorrow. In honor of his birthday, The Grassroots Equality Network is organizing a series of candlelight vigils across the state. The San Diego vigil to honor the life and activism of Harvey Milk will be held tomorrow night, May 22, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. near the "Equality Wall" next to Rich's nightclub (near 1051 University Ave. in Hillcrest). Bring a candle or flashlight and a sign with peaceful words to the short vigil and then go out and celebrate Harvey's Birthday in Hillcrest! Check out the Facebook page for more information.

Saturday, May 16, 2009


The following is a message from Pride@State:

"As we continue to await the CA Supreme Court's ruling on the Proposition 8 case, preparations are in place for the "Day of Decision". The court must rule by June 4, and only hands down decisions on Mondays and Thursdays. The court will give just one business day's notice before issuing a ruling (so if the decision will be on a Monday, we'll find out on the preceding Friday around 10 a.m.; and if they will rule on a Thursday, we'll know that a decision is coming the preceding Wednesday at 10 a.m.).

If you received any notifications today through sources like Perez Hilton (who has since retracted his report) or others, NO DECISION has yet been released... Articles from one year ago today were recirculating. Today is the anniversary of the overturn of Prop 22, which was legislation (passed in 2000) that made marriage in California be only recognized between a man and a woman. That was overturned a year ago today, BUT then Prop 8 was put on the ballot, and sadly, passed. Again, NO DECISION HAS BEEN HANDED DOWN YET.

Status updates are available on the state court's website at

We are getting down to the line and know that within the next couple weeks, we will have a decision. Undoubtedly, it will be a very emotional day, no matter which way the decision goes. Please be prepared to participate in "Day of Decision" events within a day's notice. Win or lose, San Diegans will gather at the corner of 6th & Laurel on the "day" at 5 p.m. Check out for more information. Please spread the word and be ready to celebrate or protest (fingers crossed for celebration!)."

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Milk is good for kids (and grownups)!

Although The Harvey Milk Story, by Kari Krakow is ostensibly a children's book, it serves as an excellent, albeit brief, introduction to Harvey Milk for adults. Unlike the film, Milk, which focuses on the brief political career of Harvey Milk, The Harvey Milk Story gives a broad, yet personal overview of Milk's entire life. Krakow's text, along with David Gardner's charming illustrations, show Harvey as an adorable big-eared baby, a sensitive yet energetic child, a popular and athletic teenager, a deep-sea-diving Naval officer, and a closeted school teacher. The book, like the film, also describes Harvey's life after he moved to the Castro, when he was out and proud and campaigning for city supervisor. Although the book is merely 32 pages (and less that 1400 words) Krakow manages to portray Harvey as more than an important figure in the struggle for gay rights - as a unique, complex person whose life was taken too soon. classifies the book as appropriate for children ages 4-8, but I believe The Harvey Milk Story also serves as a valuable resource for older children and adults, particularly through the Author's Notes at the end which expand on some of the issues the author touches on only briefly in the book, as well as the bibliography which lists books, films, and periodicals to consult for more information about Harvey Milk. My book, checked out from CSU San Marcos through The Circuit, also has a sticker in the front of the book listing San Diego-specific LGBTQ websites. The book's website provides ideas for teachers on how to use the book to teach about concepts such as: bullying, belonging, discrimination, hope, and non-violent activism. The Harvey Milk Story is available directly from the publisher, Two Lives Publishing. You can also order new and used copies from and

Monday, May 11, 2009

See Daniel Nicoletta's Photographs in Santa Monica

Harvey Milk and the San Francisco Scene

May 9 – June 20, 2009

12703 Venice Blvd. 90066

"OVERTONES gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibiton in Los Angeles by San Francisco-based photographer DANIEL NICOLETTA. Nicoletta will exhibit photographs from his extensive body of work, including some of his favorite iconic images from his documentation of the vibrant lesbian gay bisexual and transgender civil rights movement, as well as photographs Nicoletta made on the set of the Academy Award-winning film Milk."

Artist’s talk and booksigning for Milk: A Pictorial History of Harvey Milk SUNDAY, June 7, 2009; 2 - 4PM. (RSVP to gallery by June 3rd.)

Honoring Harvey Milk in California

Panel OKs honors for Harvey Milk

Associated Press

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Announcing... The talented and dedicated cast of Dear Harvey!

Tom Ammiano: Ken Hodges
Toni Atkins: Bailey Neill
Nicole Murray Ramirez: Anthony Simone
Jackie Grover: Kristin McReddie
Robin Tyler: Crystal Brandon
Cleve Jones: Derek Smith
Anne Kronenberg: Emily Davenport
John Laird: John Alspaugh
Stuart Milk: Jon Wat
Daniel Nicoletta: Berlyn Weiland
Alan Pettit: Shane Blackburn
Christine Kehoe: Jacqui Yawn
Mary Stockton: Courtney Howard
Dottie Wine: Patty Hite
(Peter, Amanda, Tawnya and Juan casting the show. Photo by Lauren Beck)