Gay Freedom Day Parade Speech

Harvey Milk  

My name is Harvey Milk, and I'm 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 they indeed 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 Dade 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 "are endowed" "with certain inalienable Rights."

So, for 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 base of the Statue of Liberty.

That is what America is.

Love it or leave it.

San Francisco, 25 June 1978