Further testimonials served to give the viewer a better perspective of why

Further testimonials served to give the viewer a

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served to give the viewer a better perspective of why Harvey Milk was successful in rallying the LGBTQ+ community into political action, with many being inspired by his amicable and determined personality to come out during Milk’s was against the Briggs Initiative. Amongst those inspired to come out, was Tom Ammiano, a homosexual Italian school teacher, who chose
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Daniel SeguraLaura Tanner4510194 FEMST 40Fall Quarterto publicly reveal his sexuality in an effort to erase the stigma that many supporting Proposition 6 possessed. Throughout his various appearances, Ammiano portrays Milk as unconventional buteffective, stating “Even though he was a buffoon, and even though he was ludacris, he was at least, to the people around him, brilliant”, in discussion of the City Supervisor’s strategy of asking people to come out to make their presence known to their friends, families, and neighbors,in order to garner respect and attention. Similar to the way the confessional type scenes in the film Civil Brandallow the viewer to get to know the female inmates’ personalities, I argue these interwoven testimonials help portray Harvey as a regular, likable person, rather than just another historical figure. I personally was moved to tears by the accounts of individuals recalling Milk’s death. The voice cracks and tears streaming down faces, were from real people who knew Harvey Milk. They were evidence of the degree to which this man impacted their lives on a personal level. The audience is allowed a glimpse at the kind of man Harvey Milk was to these individuals, and the spaces in which he existed with them. Not just the political figure, not just the activist, but the everyday person who was loved by those around him. Being able to personally witness an event allows one to shape their own opinion. I argue that the incorporation of stock footage into the film allows the viewer to formulate an independent opinion on Harvey Milk and his actions. In my experience, it is one thing to read a person’s words, but it is a drastically different experience to be able to witness the person’s delivery of a quote. Towards the end of the transcript of Harvey Milk’s “Hope Speech”, part of his concluding statement includes the line “And you, and you, and you, you have to give people hope.” (Milk) When footage of that portion of Harvey Milk’s speech is included in the documentary, it impacts one differently than if one were simply reading the quote. Hearing and
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Daniel SeguraLaura Tanner4510194 FEMST 40Fall Quarterseeing the intensity with which Milk delivers that line instills the sense that he is speaking directly to you. It gives an urgency to the audience, especially to those who identify as part of theLGBTQ+ community, to which Milk was speaking about providing with hope. As a bisexual identifying individual, hearing this man who I am aware inspired generations before my time, tellme that we need to give hope to the people, I am filled with the sense of responsibility to give hope to those who are still closeted, to those who are still stifled because of their sexual orientation, today in 2017, nearly 40 years after Milk’s death. This is a feeling that I did not
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