22 July 2009

Milk


I watched Milk today for the first time. It is one of the best movies I've ever seen. And yes - I cried.

It reminded me of the acceptance speech Dustin Lance Black gave at the Academy Awards:

"... When I was thirteen years old my beautiful mother moved me and my family from a conservative Mormon home in Texas to California and it was there that I heard the story of Harvey Milk and it gave me hope. It gave me the hope to live my life openly as who I am, and that one day I could even fall in love and maybe even get married...

"I want to thank my mom, who has always loved me for who I am even when there was pressure not to.

"But most of all, if Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he would want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches, or by the government, or by their families, that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value, and that no matter what anyone tells you, God does love you and that very soon I promise you, you will have equal rights federally across this great nation of ours.
Thank you, and thank you God for giving us Harvey Milk."

[wikipedia.org]

I remember exactly where I was and how I felt. I'm glad I finally got a chance to see the movie.

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