On Saturday Supervisor Scott Weiner filed a police report with SFPD after he was notified on that the bronze plaque horonoring slain LGBT Civil Rights leader Harvey Milk was stolen from outside his old Castro Camera Shop at 575 Castro Street where the Trevor Project Call Center and HRC is now housed.
Wiener said he’s not sure the theft was a hate crime. (And it better not be!) and he’s hoping for its safe return but Sgt. Mike Andraychak believes that thieves may have chopped up the plaque to recycle the brass pieces for profit. Police estimate the plaque to be worth about $10,000.
The plauques inscription reads:
Harvey Milk * May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978
Harvey Milk made history as the first openly gay elected official in California, and one of the first in the nation, when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in November 1977. His camera store and campaign headquarters at 575 Castro Street and his apartment upstairs were centers of community activism for a wide range of human rights, environmental, labor and neighborhood issues. Harvey Milk’s hard work and accomplishments on behalf of all San Franciscans earned him widespread respect and support. His life is an inspiration to all people committed to equal opportunity and an end to bigotry.
20 noted LGBT figures have been selected for the Castro’s Rainbow Honor Walk. a project similar to the Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame.
Fourteen men and six women have been chosen to be the first group of 20 LGBT luminaries to be honored with plaques along the sidewalks of the Castro, San Francisco’s gay neighborhood, the Bay Area Reporter has learned. The list includes the famous, such as the poet Allen Ginsberg and pop artist Keith Haring, to unsung heroes few people may know, such as Jane Addams, the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and Japanese playwright Yukio Mishima. Known as the Rainbow Honor Walk, the project is aimed at showcasing the extraordinary achievements LGBT people have made toward human society despite the hatred and lack of rights they faced due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
In addition to the names above, honorees also include disco star Sylvester James, civil rights hero Bayard Rustin, computing pioneer Alan Turing, AIDS activist George Choy, playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, Harry Hay, James Baldwin, Frida Kahlo, Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, Randy Shilts, Tom Waddell, Tennessee Williams, Virginia Wolfe, Del Martin, and Christine Jorgensen.
While there is no timeline for when that might happen It may be possible to lay the first plaque by gay Pride in June.
Anyone interested in finding out more information about the project should e-mail: :email@example.com.
“In addition to merchandise with HRC’s signature ‘equal’ logo, the store will offer items emblazoned with the words and images of Harvey Milk. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated to local organizations that continue to carry on the legacy of Harvey Milk, such as the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy and the GLBT Historical Society, according to the organization.”
Said HRC President Joe Solmonese: “It is Harvey Milk’s vision of hope that continues to inspire the work that we do at the Human Rights Campaign. We are the beneficiaries of his groundbreaking activism and are honored to be a part of the future that he envisioned.”
*BANG BANG BANG*
Thats the sound of Harvey not only rolling over in his grave but trying to pound his way out to bitchslap Solmonese and the HRC.
The utter nerve and gall of the HRC leaves me speechless. Rather than opening gift shops at gay historical monuments of REAL LGBT Civil rights leaders perhaps they should try political action themselves.
Oh and please note “A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated to local organizations that continue to carry on the legacy of Harvey Milk, such as the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy and the GLBT Historical Society, according to the organization.” They forgot to add “and a larger portion of the proceeds from the sale of these items will go straight to Joe Solmonese’s martini party and designer suit fund.”
The HRC has no shame. San Franciscans should be protesting in front of that store EVERY day until the HRC move out and more respectable and reverent treatment of Harvey’s historic landmark and legacy can be thought of and implemented.