The Year of Moving Forward

The Year of Moving Forward
At our 4 person wedding reception in DC

Friday, November 14, 2008

Soon: Milk, Now: Gold

If you support equality visit Join the Impact to see where a Protest against Prop 8 and for equality may be close to you and suggestions of signs to make. Be nice. In Birmingham, 12:30 at City Hall Saturday is the place. At least three other Protests are taking place in Alabama, visit the site for information. Local Gay advocacy groups seem to be dropping the ball on this, but that shouldn't stop people interested in equality from being there. Spread the word.

Thirty years ago Harvey Milk was a 48 year old San Francisco supervisor who was murdered, along with Mayor George Moscone. Harvey Milk was gay. Here are his thoughts, in his own words, about the options a young gay person might have 30 years ago. Those same options, and that same hope, exists today. Thanks to Mike Rogers at BlogActive for this.

The movie Milk will be released next month, and Sean Penn will win, or at least receive an Oscar nomination for his role, according to all who have seen the movie. If you have been to any movie during the last month you have seen the preview. If not, here it is.

What would you do if your son or daughter were gay? How would that person feel, what would they be going through?

Mitchell Gold makes furniture. He also started an organization called Faith in America. Now he has written a book called Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America.

These are the stories of people you have heard of. Professional baseball player Billy Bean, Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson, actor (Dr. Kildare) Richard Chamberlain, Oprah buddy Nate Berkus, Representatives Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin and many more.

These are not happy coming out stories. These are the personal stories of the religious and social turmoil the individuals suffered. Collectively, it is the story of what society and religion and families do to their gay children, followed by some information on the consequenses and some information to help guide someone, a parent perhaps, when dealing with these issues.

Charlie Rose interviewed Mitchell about the book. See the interview here, in two parts.

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