What fresh hell is this? HRC is moving into Harvey Milk's old camera shop in the Castro? Methinks "insult" is a little too
In what some grassroots gay activists are calling an "insult," the Human Rights Campaign is about to move into the location of Harvey Milk's old camera store at 575 Castro Street. It will be the new San Francisco "action center" providing information on the work of the HRC and a store offering HRC merchandise.
In a press release, the organization is painting the move as a marriage of two greats in the gay civil rights fight: "We are the beneficiaries of [Milk's] groundbreaking activism and are honored to be part of the future he envisioned," said HRC president Joe Solomonese.
What's next? Removing the Mona Lisa's face and replacing it with the Wal-Mart smiley face? Slapping the Amazon logo on Michelangelo's David statue? Flying the Google flag over Buckingham Palace?
I tend to give HRC the benefit of the doubt more than most other LGBT bloggers, but this is over the top. Harvey Milk's camera shop deserves to be a historical landmark and not a spot to push messenger bags and mousepads emblazoned with the HRC logo or Harvey's face. Harvey fought without the support of the rich bastards who dabbled in politics and urged him not to upset the status quo; he didn't try to sell them water bottles.