Åsa Petersen

En om dagen: Day 10 – Your beliefs

9 december 2010
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Harvey Milk var den första öppet homosexuella mannen som valdes till ett politiskt ämbete i USA. Det skedde 1977. “You Cannot Live On Hope Alone” är hans mest kända tal. Det höll han 1978, bara kort innan han mördades. Mordet blev upptakten till White Night-upploppen i San Fransisco. Bögar och flator försvarade sitt och alla andras människovärde.

Jag tror som Harvey Milk. På bara två minuter lyckas han sammanfatta hela min tro på människan och hennes ansvar för andra.

Jag får gåshud i hårbotten, på överarmarna, på knäna. Ibland gråter jag till och med som ett barn när Harvey Milk talar.

“Somewhere in Des Moines or San Antonio there is a young gay person who all the sudden realizes that he or she is gay; knows that if their parents find out they will be tossed out of the house, their classmates will taunt the child, and the Anita Bryant’s and John Briggs’ are doing their part on TV.

And that child has several options: staying in the closet, and suicide.

And then one day that child might open the paper that says “Homosexual elected in San Francisco” and there are two new options: the option is to go to California, or stay in San Antonio and fight.

Two days after I was elected I got a phone call and the voice was quite young. It was from Altoona, Pennsylvania. And the person said “Thanks”.

And you’ve got to elect gay people, so that thousand upon thousands like that child know that there is hope for a better world; there is hope for a better tomorrow.

Without hope, not only gays, but those who are blacks, the Asians, the disabled, the seniors, the us’s: without hope the us’s give up.

I know that you can’t live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living. And you, and you, and you, and you have got to give them hope.

– Harvey Milk, 1978

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