community, and led to the White Night Riots, which caused millions of dollars in damage to San Francisco City Hall. Many believed that had it not been for Milk’s involvement his sentence would have been much harsher. The film concludes with accounts of Milk’s personality and his legacy. 2.) Marco R. della Cava, in his article “Harvey Bernard Milk’s short life, turbulent times” (2008) recounts Harvey Milk’s life, in addition to summarizing the documentary “The Times of Harvey Milk” (1984). The author effectively portrays Milk’s story by writing on a section of his life, and then progressing to the next in the order of events. His purpose is to give the reader a chronological synopsis on Harvey Milk’s life, in order to have a clear understanding of his ascension to the gay political figure he is today remembered as being, as well as the impact he had on the gay rights movement. The author takes on a formal, informational tone to present a factual and accurate portrayal of Harvey Milk.
Daniel SeguraLaura Tanner4510194 FEMST 40Fall QuarterIn Timothy Stewart-Winter’s essay “The Castro: Origins to the Age of Milk” (2009), a thorough explanation of the gentrification of the city of San Francisco’s Castro District by the LGBTQ+ community is given via a recounting. The history of the Castro is outlined by Stewart from the late nineteenth century to the 21stcentury, detailing the social, political, and economic influence of the queer community on the district, and as a result the city at-large. The purpose of this essay is to shed a light on the people who were responsible for the development of the Castrodistrict, and the social and political conditions in which they did so. Stewart effectively conveys his message with a formal tone and presentation of data, which helps easily understand the circumstances of the time period which he is analyzing. Harvey Milk’s “The Hope Speech” (1978) was delivered to a massive crowd during a celebration for California Gay Freedom Day, addressing gay rights and the importance of the presence of members of the LGBTQ+ community in public offices. Milk supports his stance by giving examples of other groups who have stood up for themselves and made advances for their own communities. His purpose is to help the community understand that no one can represent them better than themselves. That regardless of how good an ally someone is, they cannot represent the queer community more efficiently than someone who is actually queer. His tone throughout the speech is motivational, in an effort to encourage members of the LGBTQ+ community to get out and make their voices heard. 3.) a. Frustration with lack of representation leading to actions of change is an ongoing theme inseveral pieces throughout the course. Being in a space where you are being negatively affected because of unequal rights or circumstances has been seen in everything from Civil Brandto Billie Jean King, along with The Times of Harvey Milk. Due to dissatisfaction with the rights the
Daniel SeguraLaura Tanner4510194 FEMST 40Fall QuarterLGBTQ+ community possessed, Harvey Milk set out to represent his community by seeking a position on San Francisco’s Board of City Supervisors. He eventually achieved a seat, and became a political force and made history as being the first openly gay public official. In the