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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"Without hope, life's not worth living." Harvey Milk

What a wonderful and historic day!  I was a teenager in the Bay Area when Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man ever to hold public office in California began his crusade for gay rights in San Francisco.  He called on gay men and women to come "out of the closet" and let their families, friends, and communities know them.  He lost his life in this fight, but I believe that he would be so very proud today!  The Supreme Court struck down DOMA and although this hardly ends discrimination against the LGBTQ community, it is certainly a huge step forward!  I am proud of all the Americans who stepped into this fight and am inspired that the torch lit by Harvey Milk continues to glow brightly despite the bigotry of many in our country.  As I have often said, history marches on, and equality wins out every time regardless of the backwards institutions that try to stem the tide of progress and fairness.  Unfortunately, I live in a state that is light years behind on these issues and will probably remain so for quite a while.  But, like Harvey Milk, today I have hope for the future of our nation.  That hope brings me joy and at this moment that is enough!  Cheers!  Celebrate equality today!


Helen Brownell said...

Jill - just discovered your blog today and felt a bit amused and a sense of camaraderie (and cheering you on) as I read through it from the beginning. My husband and I retired to Logan a year ago and are now rethinking our move. We chose Logan because it wasn't too far away from our daughter and grandchildren. A bit too late, we realize that we need our own lives and wonder whether we can find that here. Any suggestions you have about how to assimilate better would be appreciated. It's expensive to move and we just went through that. I really appreciate your blog and hope you write again soon.

jill said...

Hi Helen! Glad to hear you found my blog. I wish I had some words of wisdom about assimilation but I am afraid I just really wasn't very good at it. I never adjusted to living in Draper, but I am very pleased to say I love living in Salt Lake City. I know it is a bit of a drive, but the more you and your husband can come to Salt Lake, the happier you may be. This city has quite a mix of people and attitudes and is actually extremely progressive. There are great restaurants, bars, museums etc. If you comment again, and give your email, I won't post it publicly but would be happy to correspond with you privately. Maybe we could even meet for coffee. Look forward to hearing from you!