Inspiration: the Little Things Edition

As part of Western’s Erase The Hate week, there was a showing of the film Milk on South Lawn. I’ve seen the movie three or four times now, and it never fails. You know those movies that just make you cry–every time? Milk is one of those movies for me.

If you haven’t seen it, you should. If you have, you should watch it again.

The people of Castro moved. It started with Harvey Milk, but the gay community moved, they fought, and they won. It was a beautiful grassroots movement.

It was chilly and damp, but fifteen or twenty of us sat in the grass and toughed it out. We laughed. We made a sarcastic comment here and there. But mostly we just sat and watched in companionable silence. Sometimes it’s the little things that inspire you. Sometimes it’s the little things that give you the energy to brace your shoulders and confront the world.

Tomorrow is just another day, but maybe I can do something good tomorrow. Who knows, maybe you can, too.

(Now I’m going to get my butt in bed, because otherwise, my body is not going to be happy with me.)

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About Brittany-Ann
Brittany-Ann is a proud, self-identified feminist with fictional tendencies. She currently writes for LouisvilleKY.com and moderates at My Fault I'm Female. She smokes camels, reads Dumas, and navigates a conservative state as "one of them darn liberals."

3 Responses to Inspiration: the Little Things Edition

  1. Years before Stonewall, there was a Drag Queen named Jose Sarria, today there’s a street named after him in S.F. He got tired of being arrested, just for entertaining at various bars… the main one was the fabled Black Cat. Back in 1961, he had the balls to run for City Supervisor 15 years before Harvey Milk, and received over 6,000 votes
    that begat gay politics. However, it was not Harvey, it was not us in the Castro… but Anita Bryant is the person most responsible for giving the gay movement, movement! I recommend a great website that is dedicated to the evolution of the Castro, from a sleepy, changing S.F. neighborhood into America’s Gay Mecca! Take a peek at
    http://www.thecastro.net/ unlike the “Milk” movie… it is not a recreation, with actual images and stories by pioneers, like Harvey, Danny Nicolleta
    and myself… my images and stories are there,too.
    http://www.thecastro.net/street/memoriespage/pritikin/pritikin.html and you’ll discover yesteryear in the Castro.

  2. Brittany-Ann says:

    Awesome! Thank you for taking the time to share that information with me. Those photos are wonderful. I’ll pass those on to some friends-they’ll love to see them.

    You wouldn’t think people like Anita would be the motivation for what turned out to be such a large and successful movement. Life is just funny that way.

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