Harvey was born May 22, 1930, in Woodmere, NY. Harvey and his only sibling, Robert, worked in the family’s department store, “Milks.” They were a small middle-class Jewish family that had founded a Jewish synagogue and was well known in their community for their civic engagement.
Milk knew he was gay while attending high school, where he was a popular student w/ interests from opera to football.
While in college, Milk penned a weekly student newspaper column where he questioned issues of diversity and lessons learned from the recently ended World War.
Dan Savage was born in Chicago, IL. He was raised Roman Catholic & attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary North. He has said he’s "a wishy-washy agnostic" and an atheist, & still identifies as "culturally Catholic." He holds a BFA from the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign.
Savage was living in Madison, WI when a friend, Tim Keck who co-founded The Onion, mentioned that he was moving to Seattle to launch a new alt newspaper, @TheStranger.
Savage made a comment that every newspaper should have an advice column— he was hired to write one: Savage Love
Throughout the month of June, CIA hosted a series of events, panels, & activities celebrating the progress toward equality for members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. #PrideMonth
DCIA Haspel introduced Major General Tammy Smith, the highest ranking & first openly gay general in US history, at a CIA HQ event, stating: “She refused to give in to discrimination, stayed riveted on her goals, & proceeded to blaze a trail that will go down in the history books”
We once again participated in the @CapitalPrideDC Festival & the 7th annual IC Pride Summit. CIA hosted the first IC summit in 2012, which has grown each year.
Tammy Baldwin defeated her Republican opponent, former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson, in the 2012 U.S. Senate election. She is the first woman elected to represent Wisconsin in the U.S. Congress and the first openly gay U.S. Senator in history. 2/
Baldwin graduated from Madison West High School in 1980 as the class valedictorian. She earned a B.A. degree from Smith College in 1984 and a J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1989. She was a lawyer in private practice from 1989 to 1992. 3/
After traveling to space during the Challenger mission in 1983 and 1984, Sally became the inspiration for several generations of girls,(including yours, truly) to follow their science and technology dreams, an area that had been long deemed "boys only."
Let’s start with 3 terms:
⚫Migrant: Anyone who chooses to leave their country of origin;
⚫Asylum seeker: Anyone seeking international protection;
⚫Refugee: An official designation for individuals forced to flee their country of origin.
🏳️🌈TODAY’S PRIDE HERO🏳️🌈
James “John” Finley Gruber (1928 - 2011)
James Gruber was an original member, co-founder, and helped name the Mattachine Society, one of the earliest homophile organizations in the United States. #LGBTVoices
James considered himself bisexual. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1946 at the age of 18, was honorably discharged in 1949. Gruber met & began a relationship with Konrad Stevens. He attended meetings of an early homophile organization called the “Society of Fools”
James Gruber, following a conversation with Harry Hay about Medieval masque troops known as “mattachines” and suggested renaming the “Society of Fools” to Mattachine Society. The Mattachine Society was a single national organization headquartered in Los Angeles.
During #PrideMonth, I'll be tweeting about some of the LGBTQ+ community's lesser-known history.
Today, I'd like to talk to you about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in the history of California, whose legacy has become tragically ambiguous. (THREAD)
"Tell me about a complicated man," begins Emily Wilson's latest translation of The Odyssey. "Tell me about how he wandered and was lost ... Tell the old story for our modern times. Find the beginning."
I'm going to try to do that with Harvey.
His legacy is one not just of gay liberation, but of bridging the gap between government and the individual. And yet we often hear his name only in passing, or a mention of his death on lists cataloging gay icons, despite the fact that his biopic Milk won two Academy Awards.
Duberman grew up near New York City & earned a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Harvard. He taught history at Yale, then Princeton, where he became involved in activism. He signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” in 1968, refusing to pay taxes to protest the Vietnam War.
During those years, Martin endured years of therapy in an attempt to “cure” his homosexuality. With the advent of Stonewall and the gay liberation movement, Martin embraced his homosexuality and incorporated it into his activism. He came out in a New York Times essay in 1872.
Isay is considered a pioneer who changed the way that psychoanalysts view homosexuality and had an enormous influence on much of the HIV movement and its participants today.
“He made the field see that their view was based on ideology, not evidence”
Dr. Isay contested the medical treatment of homosexuality as an illness. And, in 1992, with the help of the @ACLU, they threatened the American Psychoanalytical Association with a court case and lawsuit re: discrimination of gay people in the field of psychoanalysis.
I have depression. I've thought about killing myself plenty of times in my life. One or two times, I came really close to being strong enough to try. In none of those times did I feel strong enough to reach out for help. I didn't feel strong enough to call anyone, tell anyone. 1/
And that's part of what depression does. It isolates you. It pulls you away. It weighs you down mentally, emotionally, spiritually. One of the hardest things for someone in those moments to do is to reach out.
So if you know someone who faces this, please reach out to THEM. 2/
Ask them if they're okay. Tell them you are there to listen to them. Tell them you are there for them. Remind them you love them. Remind them that they matter to you and to the world. Remind them that you are there to help them however they need it. Kindness. 3/
🏳️🌈TODAY’S PRIDE HERO🏳️🌈
Edith "Edie" Windsor (June 20, 1929 – September 12, 2017)
Was an LGBT activist from the early 1970s until her death,
and is most notably known for being the lead plaintiff in the case of
US v. Windsor which overturned Sec. 3 of DOMA #LGBTVoices
Edie was an American LGBT rights activist, and was the lead plaintiff in the SCOTUS case, United States v. Windsor, which overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and was considered a landmark legal victory for the same-sex marriage movement in the United States
She worked at IBM for 16 years. The company had rejected her insurance form naming her partner Thea Spyer as a beneficiary. She also assisted the Atomic Energy Comm., and was at one point even investigated by the FBI. She feared that it was because of her closeted homosexuality
Rustin left the Communist party in 1941 & served as the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s race relations secretary. He was a pacifist & practiced nonviolence, a method he learned while working with Gandhi. He was imprisoned for 3 years for refusing to register for the WWII draft.
In 1947, he helped plan the first “freedom ride” in the South, challenging ongoing Jim Crow practices though ruled illegal in 1946. His efforts landed him on a chain gang. He reported on the experience which spurred an investigation leading to the abolition of chain gangs in NC.