In Civil Rights, LGBT on 2009/02/14 at 01:06

Somewhere in Des Moines or San Antonio there is a young gay person who all the sudden realizes that he or she is gay; knows that if their parents find out they will be tossed out of the house, their classmates will taunt the child, and the Anita Bryant’s and John Briggs’ are doing their part on TV. And that child has several options: staying in the closet, and suicide.


And then one day that child might open the paper that says “Homosexual elected in San Francisco” and there are two new options: the option is to go to California, or stay in San Antonio and fight.


Two days after I was elected I got a phone call and the voice was quite young. It was from Altoona, Pennsylvania. And the person said “Thanks”. And you’ve got to elect gay people, so that thousand upon thousands like that child know that there is hope for a better world; there is hope for a better tomorrow.


Without hope, not only gays, but those who are blacks, the Asians, the disabled, the seniors, the us’s: without hope the us’s give up. I know that you can’t live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living. And you, and you, and you, and you have got to give them hope.


-Harvey Milk, 1978
ハーヴェイ・ミルク 1978年

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Harvey Milk was the first openly-gay man to be elected to public office in the US in 1977. His most recognized speech, “You Cannot Live On Hope Alone,” was given in 1978, shortly before he was assassinated. His words resonate particularly today as Californians debate a resolution to ban gay marriage.

ハーヴェイ・ミルクは1977年米国で初めて、自分が同性愛者であることを公にしながら政府の役職に選出された。彼の最も有名なスピーチ「You Cannot Live On Hope Alone/希望だけでは生きて行けない」は、1978年に彼が暗殺される少し前に行われた。カリフォルニアで同性愛者結婚を廃止するかどうかの論争が行われる今日、ミルクの声は今までになく強く響き渡る。

社会運動ネットワーク – CAUSECAST: MILK

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The Time Of Harvey Milk (1984)


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