Earlier this week at the LA Weekly, Patrick Range McDonald blogged about Tuesday’s celebration of “Harvey Milk Day in honor of the slain San Francisco supervisor who was one of the first gay elected officials in the United States”:
Milk was assassinated by former San Francisco supervisor Dan White in 1978. A few months before his death, he gave a stirring speech at the Gay Freedom Day Parade in San Francisco.
Emphasis added. Gay Freedom Day? Freedom? You mean, back then the watchword wasn’t equality? Wonder when it changed — and why.
Freedom means the state leaves us alone to live our lives as we choose. All too often, equality, under its current connotation, means the state attempts to equalize the results. Modern conservatives much prefer the former notion.
Perhaps, the early gay movement had more in common with the conservative movement than today’s gay activists care to acknowledge.