Gay Rights Group Not Welcome in Harvey Milk's Old Pad

Other gay rights groups consider Human Rights Campaign too timid
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2010 11:41 AM CST
Gay Rights Group Not Welcome in Harvey Milk's Old Pad
Members of the Human Rights Campaign talk outside former San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk's former home and campaign headquarters in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

A gay rights group has moved into Harvey Milk’s old home and campaign headquarters—and gay rights advocates are furious. Why? Because the group in question is the Human Rights Campaign, a lobbying outfit that’s been oft-criticized for its timid, inside-the-Beltway approach. “It’s spitting in the face of Harvey’s memory,” one former Milk associate tells the AP.

The HRC will be moving its San Francisco “Action Center” to the space—which in the 32 years since Milk was assassinated has housed a clothing store, beauty supply shop, and, most recently, a housewares emporium—and intends to open a gift shop there as well. “What’s next? Removing the Mona Lisa’s face and replacing it with the Wal-Mart smiley face?” asked one prominent gay blogger. But the HRC says it only wants to honor Milk. “Bringing an LGBT civil rights presence to the space that has previously been several for-profit retail outlets is a worthy goal,” one spokesman argues. (Read more Harvey Milk stories.)

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