Why Did Harvey Milk Promote Gay Rights?
He made countless successes in moving sociocultural and equality forward. He ran three unsuccessful elections for public office, but was later officially elected in 1977. He was the first openly gay man elected and he used it to his advantage. In 1973, homosexualality was removed from being known as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association. Businesses that discriminated against gays would be boycotted by Milk and his supporters. This made it so businesses were losing customers and merchandise. For example, Harvey Milk became allies with the Teamsters Union to strike against the Coors Beer in 1977. This boycott made it so Coors Beer was losing business because they were not able to sell beer to gay people or the Union. Milk and his allies were successful in this boycott and it helped gay people get hired by the Teamsters Union. Harvey Milk was able to help pass a “gay-rights ordinance... which banned discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodation”(5) by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on March 20, 1978, just 10 days after Milk gave his “Hope” speech. Harvey Milk helped sponsor a civil rights bill which banned sexual orientation discrimination. Harvey helped gay people keep their jobs by persuading the city council into passing the Gay Rights Ordinance in 1978. Milk took into account his city and neighborhoods. He wanted to improve the neighborhood as best as possible and he did this by securing and repairing “issues such as public transportation, police transportation, police protection, [and] public parks…”(25) for the public. By improving these basic issues in the public, he is able to find new and greater ways to help improve the way homophobic people view gay people. He also persuaded those into not passing the Proposition 6. The Proposition 6 forbid gay people to become teachers. Because Harvey Milk helps influence others ideas, gay people in the