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Vol State to screen “Milk” for LGBT Pride Month

Last updated on April 13, 2016

By: Blake Bouza, Assistant Editor

Volunteer State Community College is going to be hosting a showing of the movie “Milk” on Tuesday, April 12 at 1, 3 and 6 p.m. in the Rochelle Center.

“I’m hoping that everyone who possibly can go will show up to the event because I believe that it’s an important depiction of a major idol for the LGBTQ+ community,” said Nicole Martie, president of Spectrum.

According to the Internet Movie Database,

“Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk’s career from his 40th birthday to his death.

“He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco’s growing gay community, and organizes gays’ purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager.

“Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city’s conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk’s relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs.”

“This will hopefully give people a little insight and a little more understanding on what we’re fighting for,” said Martie.

Blake Coker, Activities Chair for the Student Government Association, said that he hopes that people will attend the screening.

“Harvey Milk became one of the first openly gay officials in the United States in 1977, when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors,” according to Biography.com.

Harvey Milk was born on May 22, 1930, in Woodmere, New York. Reared in a small middle-class Jewish family, Milk was one of two boys born to William and Minerva Milk. A well-rounded, well-liked student, Milk played football and sang in the opera at Bay Shore High School. Like his brother, Robert, he also worked at the family department store, Milk’s.

After graduating from the New York State College for Teachers in 1951, Milk joined the U.S. Navy, ultimately serving as a diving instructor at a base in San Diego, California, during the Korean War. Following his discharge in 1955, Milk moved to New York City, according to Biography.com.

In late 1972, bored with his life in New York, Milk moved to San Francisco, California. There, he opened a camera shop called Castro Camera on Castro Street, putting his life and work right in the heart of the city’s gay community.

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