“Burst down those closet doors once and for all, and stand up and start to fight.”
Making the decision to stand up and fight for what you believe in takes a lot of self confidence and also the belief in that what you value is of utmost importance. If there was ever anyone that personified this it was the first openly gay elected official in the state of California to San Francisco Board of Supervisors Harvey Milk. His theatrical campaigns made him popular and was the most pro-LGBT politician in the United States during the 1970’s. He actively fought for equal rights for gays/lesbians and in 1978 he supported a bill that banned discrimination in public accommodations, housing, and employment on the basis of sexual orientation. This bill won overwhelmingly in his favor 11-1. Unfortunately, soon after this victory he was assassinated by someone who disagreed with his politics. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.
Harvey Milk’s quote of bursting down the closet doors to stand up and fight for something is a calling for not just gays or lesbians but for all races and creeds. No longer should anyone feel ashamed because of who they are because of what their sexual preference might be, what gender they identify with, their socio economic status or the color of their skin just to name a few examples. It is important for us to decide that no matter what anyone may think of us that we are proud of who we are whether it be or culture or heritage. I strongly believe that each and everyone of us has our own purpose as to why we are here in this moment in time. We can decide to hide within the shadows of society or come out of our shell and fully express what we believe in and who we are. Our differences is what makes us unique and special. Be proud of who you are and make the decision to love yourself. It is the decision you could ever make and could be the very thing that may not only change your life but also inspire others to make a change in theirs.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your responsible decision making skills?