Frostburg State University Center Stage’s International Film Series will present the movie “Times of Harvey Milk” on Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Lane University Center Atkinson Room 201 at 7 p.m.
Repression is a personal problem that is also a public issue. Harvey Milk, the San Francisco city supervisor who was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone in 1978, lived and worked in the hot and dangerous zone where the personal and the public intersect.
Consciously gay at age14, Milk spent his adolescence and young adulthood in the usual social and institutional closets – a Long Island Jewish middle-class family, college, the Navy, a Wall Street job. Then, like the countless other homosexuals of his generation, he began a long escape from repression into the counterculture of the 1960’s.
Long hair, protest politics, pot and loose life style were easy exits. The hair and the flight were homosexual politics. He made the personal issue of gay legitimacy the basis of his supervisory seat). He joined his strong base in the Castro with allies across the ethnic and supportive way, he demanded that gays come out and announce their sexual identity for the safety of the entire community.
Dan White crawled into City Hall through a basement window, shot and killed the Mayor, and did the same to Harvey Milk.
Robert Epstien and Richard Schmiechen have made a beautiful and powerful documentary around these events. Friends and political associates of Harvey Milk cry on camera, and it’s hard to believe that their tears are not mirrored in the eyes of many in the audience.
The “Times of Harvey Milk” joins the short list of films and literary documents about their daily experience and political struggle of gay people in the modern age.
The film is free and open to the public. Call 301-687-4411 for more information.
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