The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk

The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk

Randy Shilts

Language: English

Pages: 400

ISBN: 0312560850

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Known as "The Mayor of Castro Street" even before he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Harvey Milk's personal life, public career, and final assassination reflect the dramatic emergence of the gay community as a political power in America. It is a story full of personal tragedies and political intrigues, assassinations at City Hall, massive riots in the streets, the miscarriage of justice, and the consolidation of gay power and gay hope.

Harvey Milk has been the subject of numerous books and movies, including the Academy Award–winning 1984 documentary, The Times of Harvey Milk. His life is also the basis of a 2008 major motion picture, Milk, starring Sean Penn.

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commiting just one homosexual act. “Any time you water down the law, it just makes it easier for immorality to be tolerated,” she explained. “Why make it easier for them? I think it only helps condone it and this makes it easier for kids who wouldn’t be so concerned. If it were a felony, [it] might make them think twice, especially the younger ones.” Of course, Bryant held out hope for salvation. “They’ll have plenty of time to think in prison,” she said. Though a few dozen congressmen bravely

Fullerton senator. The debate in a high school auditorium in suburban Walnut Creek—televised live to the Bay Area—looked like as heated an exchange as could be found in American politics. But by late September, each combatant had honed his argument into prepackaged, easily digestible quotes for media consumption. Fast food politics. The John and Harvey show. Since the governor’s race was nothing more than a dull cakewalk to victory for Jerry Brown, Proposition 6 became the most talked about

Rick Stokes’s campaign style, “You can either buy name recognition or you can earn it”; within two years of Harvey’s death, his political disciples had learned the art of buying it. For their part, Harvey’s protégés argued that while Milk played the politics of the outsider, they were faced with the even tougher task of playing the politics of power. If some carped that Harvey’s inner circle did not remain faithful to their mentor’s populism, few argued that the successes Milk forged remained.

California (CVC) Cone, Russ Conspiracy theories on Milk-Moscone Assassination Coors, Joseph Coors, William Coors beer, boycott of Copertini, Cyr Cordova, John Costanza, Midge Council of District Merchants Council on Religion and the Homosexual (CRH) Craig, Gwenn Crocker, Templeton Dade County, repeal of gay rights law in Dallas, Texas Daly, Jo Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) Davis, Jack Defend Our Children Committee Democratic National Convention (1972) Denman, Jim Denver Post

and women militantly pushed society to bring theory into practice. Traditional Christian values always talked of the curse of materialism; it was not until the flower children that a generation rejected materialism on a mass scale. “Peace on earth, good will toward men” had long been religious watchwords; it was not until the Vietnam War that millions of Americans took to the streets to make that phrase more than a Christmas card slogan. Society had long demanded that homosexuals exist with the

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