Wednesday, November 26, 2008

blessed are...

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!
Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), minister, abolitionist, and writer

tomorrow is the 30th anniversary of the assassination of harvey milk, the courageous politician and gay-rights activist, whose life was tragically cut short. because of gus van sant's upcoming biopic of harvey milk which stars sean penn as harvey, milk may become known to people who are unaware of the groundbreaking work he did to further gay rights - which of course means to further human rights. harvey milk is regarded to be the first openly gay man to be elected to public office. unfortunately the movie isn't opening this weekend, perhaps hollywood didn't think the thanksgiving weekend the weekend to release a movie about a slain politician.

speaking of gay rights, there is some good news. a judge in miami ruled that florida's ban on gays adopting was unconstitutional.

photo: tsuki is thankful for notch and cat t.v.


joan baez singing blessed are...

8 comments:

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Oh that good news is excellent news. Now let's hope the gay marriage ban is overturned - and is also declared unconstitutional.

Merle Sneed said...

Human rights are human rights. Why is it so hard for people to understand?

R.L. Bourges said...

And blessed be Cindy S. Lederman of the Miami-Dade Circuit Court.

I really like the fact you reiterate gay rights being, first and foremost, good old, plain old human rights. The salami slice approach to rights is ok when it helps to focus on something specific that needs addressing, but it's so easy to get into the 'your rights vs mine' mentality, isn't it?

On the other hand, in the case of the cat entertainment you photographed, dividers strike me as a smart idea...

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Early word is that the film is a marvel and timely. There is supposed to be one brief scene shot on my block. I'm anxious to see if it made the final cut. It was fun to see the Castro transformed back to the '70s when they were shooting.

That was a surreal couple of weeks when the Jonestown massacre was followed by the Milk/Moscone assassinations. Both were senseless, but at least the latter unleashed activism that resulted in progress that we benefit from today and must never take for granted.

I understand that the film captures that Harvey was on many levels a mess, sometimes a jerk but tireless in his activism. Those who push society forward are often a mix of such contradictions and typically don't live to see their labors result in progress.

tut-tut said...

We are awaiting the movie here. L is very interested in it indeed.

I agree with R.L. Bourges; rights is rights, man!

Salty Miss Jill said...

Great news and a great photo. Your blog is such a haven of joy. :)

Michael Rawluk said...

It is astounding that it takes a court case to give loving people the right to adopt.


(Joan Baez. I grew up wishing I could meet her.)

Coffee Messiah said...

I remember when he got shot and the "twinkie defense" not to mention all the commotion in SF politics in the aftermath.

Funny how the Bill Of Rights is always mantra'd, but never paid attention to ; (

Soon I hope....