In His Own Words, second edition
by Harvey Milk
Table of Contents
Harvey Milk Chronology
PART ONE: 1930-1973,
The First Eight Lives of Harvey Milk
PART TWO: 1973-1975,
- Shopowner runs for supervisor
- "What is obscene, except people who think that they can tell others how to live?"
- "Taxes and priorities change from year to year, but freedom does not."
- A gay candidate with something for all
- "Shop owner / social organizer / politician"
- The second time around for Milk
- "I'm not a gay candidate, but a candidate who happens to be gay."
PART THREE: 1976,
Harvey Milk vs. The Machine
- "If we are to live in harmony, we have to build bridges from community to community."
- "I will fight for freedom of speech and for democracy."
- "I try to set examples by deeds rather than simply by words."
- "If they give you a crumb, they can take that crumb away. But if they give you freedom, it's pretty hard to take that away."
- "I stand for the equal rights of all people."
- "I don't know if I'll run again."
- "The problem with New York is it drove the middle economic class out of the city, which is what's happening here."
- "You'll find the same people here that you'll find in the straight world. Maybe a little less inhibited, is all."
PART FOUR: 1977,
Milk Fights 16 Opponents
- Divided they stand: the Milk-Stokes split
- "I don't think in terms of labels. I only think in terms of issues."
- "If I become a supervisor, then they'll talk to me."
- "Gay rights protect everyone."
- "I can really appreciate what Jackie Robinson was up against."
- An "unofficial supervisor" gets a shot at real power
PART FIVE: 1978,
Supervisor Milk Raises Hell
- Harvey Milk talks about politicians and lying
- "You can throw bricks at City Hall or you can take it over"
- "There's got to be a lot more Harvey Milks."
- "Every time you take a stand you make an enemy. But you also make a friend."
- "A lot of people don't realize the importance of opening dialogues. It's the only way you change people's views."
- "Keep involved!"
- "This country has taken senior citizens and treated them like a can of beer—you drink it and toss it away."
- "I think San Francisco has enough mental complexes without adding physical complexes."
- "When you get into a philosophical change in government, then it takes time."
- Supes refuse street closing for parade
PART SIX: 1978,
Milk vs. Briggs
- "…the whole concept behind democracy and the Constitution is to protect the rights of the minority, not the majority."
- "Just because something has been a law for a long time doesn't make it right."
- "If more people got involved on every level—both sides, all sides—this nation would be a lot better off."
- "Who are we to say that another person must be put to death? I cannot make that decision over another's life."
- "John Briggs: How many careers ruined, how many lives destroyed, before you are satisfied in your thirst for power?"
PART SEVEN: 1978,
The City Weeps
- "Silence never won rights."
- A living wage
- A last interview with our supervisor
Appendix: Milk's Supervisorial Activities
Further Reading and Viewing: An Opinionated Guide
Overflowing with Gratitude
About the Authors
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