The Olivia 40th Anniversary Lesbian Cruise

Author: , March 23rd, 2013

Olivia Travel 40th Anniversary CruiseOlivia Travel just celebrated their 40th anniversary with a huge cruise in the Caribbean – 4,200 lesbians from Aruba to Curacao to Ft. Lauderdale. The Advocate reports:

The Advocate joined the Olivia women on the 40th Anniversary Southern Caribbean Cruise, a set of two cruises that went to Aruba, Curacao, and a private island in the Bahamas in January and February. More than 4,200 women were joined by 20 entertainers (from women’s music legends Cris Williamson, Teresa Trull, and Meg Christian to comics Vickie Shaw, Kate Clinton, and Elvira Kurt) and a handful of powerful lesbian leaders including tennis legend Billie Jean King, DOMA plaintiff Edie Windsor, military pioneer Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer, and, in a surprise appearance, former Army colonel Tammy Smith, who was promoted to brigadier in late 2012, making her the first general officer to come out while serving, post-“don’t ask, don’t tell.”

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San Francisco Commemorates The 33rd Anniversary of Harvey Milk’s Death

Author: , December 11th, 2011

Harvey MilkIn memory of slain civil rights leader, Harvey Milk, San Francisco’s Castro residents remember Harvey on the 33rd anniversary of his untimely death on November 28th, 1978. Adorned with multi-colored flowers, Harvey’s photo was placed at the entrance of the Harvey Milk Plaza to share with all.

Serving as the first openly gay politician in the state of Californina in 1978 for 11 months, Supervisor Harvey Milk was an LGBT pioneer who’s inspiration brought diversity, unity and most of all pride to people around the globe. His very own election created the birth of the rainbow flag in the LGBT community, which now flys high over the Harvey Milk Plaza on the corner of Castro and Market Streets.

Not only did Harvey Milk bring the first LGBT book section to the Castro neighborhood library by making it the first public library in the United States to do so, he was also able to get a city ordanance banning the firing of homosexual employees. This later became a state law and the reason why people in California cannot get dismissed from their jobs because their sexuality. Sadly, (29) of (50) states can still fire a gay or bi-sexual person from their job, while (38) states can legally fire a transgender!

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“You gotta give ’em hope”, Harvey used to say. Hope that through positive social changes, equality for all is not only possible but inevitable. Hope is indeed what Harvey Milk gave to the world and its alive and well within our hearts 33 years later.

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