The Times of Harvey Milk is one of my favorite documentaries. It details the life of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to a major US office. Milk was a gay rights activist, a populist politician, and a great person. Even learning about him today, I can tell that he was a kind, generous man with a passion for inspiring his fellow humans. He called himself the "Mayor of Castro Street", and he was without a doubt the first person to give a voice to the many oppressed gays of San Francisco.

Released in 1984, the documentary covers the turbulent times in 1970s San Francisco and the many emerging gay rights movements there and across the United States. This biographical film includes archival footage and tracks Harvey Milk from his early days as a New Yorker to his untimely and brutal death. I highly recommend this documentary to all who enjoy a touching and sobering experience.

You can watch the documentary here if you live in the US, or watch it here if you live outside of the US.

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Comment by Kitty on April 25, 2009 at 8:16pm
One of my favorite vids, as well. I've had the tape for a long time, and then got it on DVD when it came out. Now with MILK and Sean Penn, the story is revived.
I will never forget the horror of that time.
Comment by unholyroller on April 2, 2009 at 11:35pm
I actually remember when all of that happened. I'm glad that Harvey Milk's story is available to a whole new and straight. There is much to be learned from that bit of history. Mr. Milk was a brave, remarkable person and I was shocked and saddened when he was killed. That attitude is still alive and well, and I still find it disgusting.

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