Tuesday, December 09, 2008

"Got Milk?"

Here is a link to a post by Cilla Sluga over at Big Noise that reviews Milk, the newly released movie about Harvey Milk, an American politician and the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California. In the following excerpt, Cilla identifies a number of convergences between Milk's story and activism and the disability rights community:

Milk urged gays and lesbians to come out. That was a brave thing to do in the 70s when no anti-hate laws existed and gay bashing was a red-neck sport. He believed that if gays came out, then people would understand that we all have the same wants and needs.

Coming out means more than having people see your disability. It means becoming more visible; speaking up and speaking out. Show yourselves to be part of the disability community and that you want what we all are entitled to.

If you find yourself unable to get into an inaccessible building... climb on your metaphorical soap box and let people know, "This building is inaccessible!" Make the
phone call, write the letter.

Enlist your family into the fight for equal rights. Ask your neighbors to join you. Join or form an organization dedicated to fighting back.

Cilla's full review, a highly recommended read, is here ....