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Gay Pride Rally Speech March 24, 2011

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Harvey Milk - the first openly gay politican to be elected to office in California - speaks at a rally in Gus Van Sant's drama about his life, "Milk". He is played by actor Sean Penn.


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My name is Harvey Milk and I am here to recruit you!

I want to recruit you for the fight to preserve your democracy!

Brothers and sisters you must come out! Come out to your parents; come out to your friends, if indeed they are your friends.

Come out to your neighbors, come out to your fellow workers! Once and for all let's break down the myths and destroy the lies and distortions.

For your sake, for their sake, for the sake of all the youngsters who have been scared by the votes from Briggs to Eugene.

On the statue of liberty it says, 'give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free'.

In the declaration of Independence it is written - 'all men are created equal, and endowed with certain inalienable rights.'

So to Mr. Briggs and Mrs. Bryant, and all the bigots out there - no matter how hard you try you can never erase those words from the Declaration of Independence!

No matter how hard you try, you can never chip those words from the face of the Statue of Liberty!

That is what America is! Love it or leave it!

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