Harvey Milk on “Briggs Initiative” in 1978

Its amazing to me that when Europe has moved so far forward on civil rights for their LGBT people, the United States is mired in placing the civil rights of a minority on the ballot just like they were doing back in 1978. When you watch this amazing video of Harvey Milk, discussing the bigoted Briggs Initiative, that would have banned gays and lesbians from teaching in public schools, you see how far we haven’t come. The public is still voting on our human rights.

I’m also reminded that President Jimmy Carter was willing to be our “fierce advocate” opposing the Briggs Initiative in 1978. President Carter didn’t make excuses for why the White House couldn’t come to the aid of our community.

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