Communication Techniques Of Harvey Milk

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An Assessment of the Various Communication Techniques of Harvey Milk. By Christian Samson Harvey Milk was the first openly gay politician to be publically elected to office in California with his entry to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. It was in November 1978 that a fellow conservative politician who strongly opposed Milk’s views on anti-discrimination and gay rights assassinated Milk whilst he sat in his office. Milk had only been in office for 11 months and his death sent shockwaves through the community. Milk’s message as a public figure during the 1970s around greater rights and freedoms for gay people was powerful and arguably, in many ways, remains relevant today. Pearson (2005) maintains that Milk was pivotal in the gay rights movement and that gay rights are still an issue in the United States and many other places around the world. Two texts that perhaps best captured Milk’s messages and the powerful ways through which he communicated them are an interview from the free gay San Francisco Kalendar magazine from 1973, and You’ve Got to have Hope, or The Hope Speech’, a public address from Milk intended to “embolden a strong GLBTQ nationalism within the Castro, while also appealing for an alliance with other disenfranchised groups and straight folk” (Milk et al. 2013 p.147). First impressions count. In 1973, whilst standing on a box with the word ‘Soap’ written on it, in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro district, Milk announced he was running for

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