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time because gays are now protected from civilian and police brutality. The main piece of legislation that Harvey Milk faced during his time in office was the Briggs Initiative. This bill would make it illegal for any gay or supporter of gay rights to teach in California public schools (California). The Briggs Initiative was not passed, which was a major win for the equal rights supporters. Both of these bills show that if there is enough public support for something, it turns out in their favour. In the Special Features of the movie, a colleague of Milk's said that it was his martyrdom that caused the LGBTQ movement to move so quickly on other issues. It could be argued then that the bill passing in 2009 was in part because of what Harvey Milk initially fought for. The gay rights movement does not look like it is ending anytime soon, especially with the introduction of the validity of DOMA to the Supreme Court. Though it was started so long ago, there have been great strides in assuring that there are equal right given to all people, no matter of differences between one another. The film Milkshows the iconic Harvey Milk and his struggles with running for office to becoming the first openly gay person elected in California. His story of strength and willingness to fight in the face of so much adversity deserves to be recognized, and Gus Van Sant does an excellent job as a director in making sure that his message 4
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