Bigots Complain Milk is No Hero
[Updates - See new info after the pics.]
Every Wednesday morning I head down to UN Plaza for the farmers' market and buy the boyfriend and I a weekly supply of fresh produce. After I did today's shopping, I was riding past the south end of Civic Plaza and noticed a corps of reporters and cameramen, but I couldn't see what they were covering.
Turned out Randy Thomasson, executive director of Save California/Campaign for Children and Families, and a small crew of colleagues, was holding a news conference to denounce the life and times of Harvey Milk. In their view, Milk is no hero.
As I stood a few feet away from him, I listened to Thomasson complain about an effort to declare Milk's birthday a state holiday. He spoke some lies about Milk, gay men in general and Randy Shilts' book "The Mayor of Castro Street," which he had a c copy of and used as a prop.
After snapping a few pictures, I got off my bike and interrupted the press conference. I stood in front of the microphone tree and spoke loudly about the need for gays to challenge the hate, lies and distortions put out to the public by the likes of Thomasson.
The news conference quickly came to an end. Some reporters asked for my name and the reasons why I zapped the event, so we'll see if the interruption gets on TV later today.
Here are some pics of the presser, before it was zapped:
A hater with a large sign explaining why Harvey Milk Day in CA is a supposedly bad idea
Thanks to the folks at Tips-Q, I found this release from the haters explaining why they were holding their news conference today:
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 12 /Christian Newswire/ -- Today, as President Barack Obama posthumously awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the late homosexual activist Harvey Milk, a leading California pro-family organization will hold a San Francisco news conference to expose the real Harvey Milk as a sex addict "who did dishonorable deeds and does not deserve a medal or a statewide 'day of significance' in California public schools."
Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, will hold a news conference TODAY -- Wednesday, August 12 -- at 12 noon at the Civic Center Plaza (at Larkin and Fulton streets) in San Francisco.
Thomasson will display posters and provide evidence of Milk's bad character and the negative impact that "Harvey Milk Gay Day" (SB 572) would have upon schoolchildren.
SaveCalifornia.com is a leading West Coast nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing children and families. We stand for marriage and family, parental rights, the sanctity of human life, religious freedom, financial freedom, and back-to-basics education.
What a stinking load of nonsense!
And be sure to check out this post of mine on the KTVU news story on the zap. Happy to report I wasn't the only gay guy zapping the haters.