Michael Crawford

Harvey Milk: In the Footsteps of Gandhi and King

Filed By Michael Crawford | December 07, 2008 3:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, The Movement
Tags: Gandhi, gay rights, Harvey Milk, Martin Luther King Jr.

This is a great video from Causecast that situates the life of Harvey Milk in the context of other movements for civil rights and social justice. It is inspiring to see the life of a gay man not compare to heroes like Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, but placed in a timeline that helps to illuminate the LGBT fight for equality in relation to other movements for civil rights and social justice.

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I see more similarities between the Milk LGBT fight and the Womens Sufferage Movement, than I do with Gandhi or King. All three were influenced by Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience". Of course, if LGBT's follow the tax discrimination movement (Melissa Etheridge) then it will be very similar to Gandhi.

Not to start anything, but I believe gay people need to move away from the whole Gandhi thing.

For one, it makes gay people *accept* being punching bags for religious creeps.

And two, Gandhi was a raging homophobe, so asking gay people to be more like Gandhi is no different than asking them to be more like Hitler.