Previous to watching the movie, we had differing views on the concept of "gay". My parents deemed it taboo to even speak about it, much less speculate whether or not we felt it was right or not. I, on the other hand, was bent on proving to them that homosexuality was not a choice but a biological condition. But they did not want to listen. That is, until I turned on the television and forced them to watch the life of a homosexual politician.
I can't say that my parents are drastically changed afterwards, but it did open their eyes to what the world really is like for people like Milk. It opened my eyes too. And as Christians, we were taught to look down upon loving another of the same sex. But there is a fine line between accepting it as a truth, and discriminating others for it. To me, I've always interpreted God's saying as to shun myself away from becoming homosexual, but nonetheless loving others and treating them as equals regardless of what their sexual orientation. Because while God does say that loving another of the same sex is a sin, he also mandates to love one's neighbor as much as one loves God. There must be a compromise somewhere.
Harvey Milk died in 1978 fighting for gay rights. Now, thirty years later in 2014, it still has not resolved. California's Prop 8 has affirmed, and still only a fraction of us are against such discrimination. It says quite clearly in the Bill of Rights that "[n]o State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges ... of citizens ... nor ... deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny ... the equal protection of the laws", and yet, this is a direct violation of laws we created hundreds of years ago.
In a way, we are back where we started. In the 1900s, the Jim Crow laws circulated, and the Supreme Court ruled "separate but equal" as valid. Today, we have Prop 8 and the issues in Russia. Though we say we've come so far, in reality, I feel that we're making the same mistakes all over again.
Article by Kathleen Xue