Friday, May 18, 2012

COVER STORY: The unknown adventures of Harvey Milk in Dallas

COVER STORY: The unknown adventures of Harvey Milk in Dallas

I would never have thought that Harvey lived in Dallas, Tx. I will never forget renting the documentary "The Times of Harvey Milk" from Tape Lenders on cedar springs rd. I had been out for 5 years and really didn't know much of LGBT history.

After watching the documentary and being brought to tears multiple times, I decided to take a road trip to  San Francisco and see this place that was so very special to Harvey.

I saw where his camera shop/campaign headquarters/gay youth center ect.... was. I saw the hallway and area where Harvey was shot and killed. I went into the chambers where the Board of Supervisors was in session and spoke. I shared why I was there and thanked them for all they have done to keep Harvey's legacy alive.

What touched me most was that he was a NY Jew that moved across the country to find out who he was and what his purpose was. I felt like I was in the same situation. Harvey seemed at peace with who he was, which allowed him to help change the world.

He saw a vision that was as great as MLK's, Ben Gurion, Ghandi and many other greats. To be able to see way beyond what could ever really be and feel that passion and vision to others. He mobilized people to get up and realize that they had a future that was worth fighting for.

God bless Harvey for all that he did for the LGBT community. Harvey didn't allow anyone to get him down and to stop the work that he felt was so very important.

I am now living in Washington, DC and I like it; but I have to say that I miss Dallas. Dallas has something very special about it. I feel that Dallas was my home and where my journey started. I miss all my friends and family and I wish you all the best! Thank you Dallas and God Bless Harvey Milk!

Rich Dweck

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