Got Milk? The Hu­man Rights Al­liance does!

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The tabling of the do­mes­tic-part­ner­ship bill (Se­nate Bill 183) by mem­bers of the New Mex­ico Leg­is­la­ture’s Se­nate Fi­nance Com­mit­tee in Fe­bru­ary was an­other frus­trat­ing de­feat for gay-rights ac­tivists and other sup­port­ers of le­gal equal­ity for gay, les­bian, bi­sex­ual, and trans­gen­dered peo­ple.

As a new strat­egy is de­vised for the next leg­isla­tive ses­sion, Santa Fe’s LGBT com­mu­nity con­tin­ues to in­crease its out­spo­ken­ness. Few fig­ures in the his­tory of gay-rights ac­tivism spoke louder than Har­vey Milk, a San Fran­cisco city su­per­vi­sor who was as­sas­si­nated (along with San Fran­cisco Mayor Ge­orge Moscone) in 1978.

Har­vey’s nephew Stu­art Milk es­tab­lished the Har­vey Milk Foun­da­tion in his un­cle’s honor last fall; its mis­sion is to work with gov­ern­ments around the globe to se­cure rights for LGBT cit­i­zens. Stu­art Milk is the fea­tured speaker at the 15th An­nual Gayla, a ma­jor fundrais­ing event for the Santa Fe Hu­man Rights Al­liance. The event be­gins at 5:30 p.m. Fri­day, April 16, at the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter (201 W. Marcy St.) and in­cludes the pre­sen­ta­tion of the al­liance’s 2010 Trea­sure Awards to Rabbi Marvin Sch­wab and County Com­mis­sioner Liz Ste­fan­ics. Live and si­lent auc­tions, a surf-and-turf din­ner (with a veg­e­tar­ian op­tion), live mu­sic, and danc­ing are planned. Tick­ets are $100 per per­son and are avail­able at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter box of­fice, 211 W. San Fran­cisco St., 988-1234, www.tick­

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