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"We need to help teachers and administrators create and foster an environment that welcomes students and their families, whether kids are being raised in a single parent household, by their grandparents, or by their lesbian moms or gay dads. All children—straight, questioning, perceived, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender—can thrive in school only when they are truly safe and secure," she wrote.
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Editor’s note: Stuart Milk has written the following piece in his capacity as an Obama for America campaign surrogate, not in his capacity as co-founder and Board President of the Harvey Milk Foundation. This post does not necessarily represent the views of the Harvey Milk Foundation.
My uncle, Harvey Milk, came into this world with all the potential that any proud Jewish family could have hoped for, but he also came into a world that would be rocked by World War II. The great evil that the world saw with the horrific persecution and mass murder of minorities — from Jews and Roma to many members of the LGBT community — led Harvey to adopt the Jewish community’s post-war message, “never forget,” as his compass for human rights.
He saw that our community, the Jewish community, took the ideal of b’tzelem elohim, that all are created in the image of the divine, to heart, through standing arm-in-arm with those fighting for the civil rights movement and helping lead the women’s right movement.
And my uncle knew that he could count on his Jewish brothers and sisters in the fight for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, a movement that was advanced with the tragedy of his assassination in 1978. Jewish support for the LGBT community was visible even in 1965, when the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (now Women of Reform Judaism) passed a resolution condemning the criminalization of homosexuality when no one else would.
My uncle was quite prophetic in his belief that fellow Jews would be among the first to fight for marriage equality in numerous states, and they have: Jewish organizations ranging from the Religious Action Center to the Anti-Defamation League and local communities around the country have championed LGBT equality efforts for decades. But the fight is not over, and this is why the LGBT community needs you to carefully weigh your vote in this year’s presidential election — an election that is likely to have an impact on LGBT individuals for years to come.
I ask you to look at our two options for our next president. We’ll start with President Barack Obama.