Got Milk? The Human Rights Alliance does!
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.ticketssantafe.com.