"All men are created equal. No matter how hard you try, you can never erase those words. That is what America is." ~Sean Penn as the late San Francisco gay rights icon Harvey Milk in Milk
Maybe this is the New Yorker in me, but one thing struck me as odd when I watched the local Bay Area news programs. There was no openly gay reporter covering gay-related issues or stories of interest. Not that you'd have to have one. But we had one in New York City --- and that was San Francisco, famous as a Gay Mecca in the U.S.A. I pitched my skills and ideas to executives at San Francisco TV news stations. In person, I told them I could be a contributor and do such pieces. I have network TV credits to my resumé. I did ten years of local morning TV news contributor work in New York City. I'm a member of the community. One year when I was a regular on the Whoopi Goldberg syndicated radio show, we told listeners that our morning show team was participating in New York's annual Gay Men's Health Crisis AIDS Walk during Gay Pride month. On the air, I expressed my deep gratitude to the GMHC for helping me help my late partner when he was diagnosed with AIDS. In the Bay Area, I pitched myself. But no one caught me. Oh, well. That's how it goes.
If given the chance, I believe I could've done some good features for one of those San Francisco news programs. Maybe I'm making too much of it. But, if any major U.S. city would have openly gay talent on a news program who did features on the LGBT community, wouldn't you expect it to be the city that gave America "The Mayor of Castro Street"? That's what Harvey was called.
We lost him on this day in history. Suddenly. Senselessly. He changed lives before he died. To get a feel for what he did and what we lost, see Sean Penn give that outstanding performance in Milk.