Rights and protection under the law should be granted every citizen, regardless of their sexual preference. The laws have been drafted in order that protection be granted to the entire citizenry, and it is not the intent of the laws to discriminate against any one or against any group in the society. This is one of the more important messages that the movie “Milk” sought to impart to the audience. Through the movie, it was shown how one man, Harvey Milk, fought for the rights of homosexuals in face of criticisms and discrimination from others.
In this manner, he likewise stood as an inspiration to other gay people to join the fight for equality. Milk was an activist and a gay man who ran and got elected for public office. He proved how sexual orientation or preference is not enough basis to define who a person is, and hence, not enough justification to discriminate against homosexuals. He braved all criticisms and showed that homosexuals have a role to play in the society. It cannot be gainsaid that in this day and age, despite the development that the society has gone through, homosexuals are still not fully accepted in the society.
They are still seen differently and are considered deviant to social norms. And whilst some rights are being enjoyed by homosexuals as they are by heterosexual, it cannot be denied that being a homosexual is still considered as something contrary to what is normal. It is advanced that “Milk” worked as a reminder that one just has to keep on fighting despite the adversities that surrounds him. In the movie, which was based on a true story, it was shown how Milk was able to stand openly against all criticisms at the time when discrimination against homosexuals is on its height.
During the 1970s, gay people were discriminated against and were not granted equal civil rights. Homosexuals were subjected to physical beating, some were regarded to as sick individuals. In fact, it was noted that the sufferings caused some gay people to commit suicide as there was no other recourse available to them. In light of all this, Harvey Milk stood up for the gay community, and fought the way for gay equality in civil rights (Shvoong, 2009).
While being openly gay, he ran for public office and won, and from there he strived to work for the recognition of homosexuals in the society and the grant of rights to them. He focused on the grant of civil rights to gay people. It was shown how Milk sought to go against a proposition to ban gay teachers from teaching. True enough, one’s sexual orientation or preference should not work as a barrier in doing things that one likes to do. In the exercise of one’s profession, like teaching for instance, homosexuality should not be a hindrance.
The movie showed that despite a different sexual preference, homosexuals are humans and as such, they should be treated no less than the heterosexuals. Homosexuals should be given equal rights. In light of the fight for civil rights, Milk likewise inspired gays who are still hiding inside the closets. He inspired them to come out openly as gay people and join the fight for recognition. It was highlighted how gay people united and stood as one at the time when people considered them as diseased or sick individuals.
It is also noted that the movie likewise sought to show facets of the life of Harvey Milk. Despite being immersed in politics, and whilst the central theme of the movie was focused on his being a politician fighting for gay rights, it was shown that he was likewise human. He had friends, he had to deal with challenges, and he falls in love. It is noteworthy that in this manner, the idea is relayed that gay people are like heterosexuals. Although there is difference in sexual preference and orientation, homosexuals are humans too.
As such, they should be treated the in the same manner that heterosexuals are being treated. There is no reason for them to be discriminated against as they undergo similar experiences, triumphs, defeats and heartbreaks. In summary, it is advanced that the movie proves to be a significant reminder that one’s sexual preference is not an obstacle to living one’s life as sexual orientation is not the sole judge of who a person is. Despite the fact that the person likes or prefers another person of the same sex, he should not be considered unusual or segregated from the rest of the community.
Homosexuality should not be reason enough for the denial of the rights that were granted by law. As such, homosexuals should not be discriminated against and should not be viewed as odd or deviant as they are but humans too. The movie inspires people to continue fighting for their rights despite the challenges that come their way. In the end, we are all people who should be treated in the same manner, regardless of gender and of sexual preference as well. REFERENCE Shvoong. 2009. “Milk”. Retrieved on 25 April 2009 from http://www. shvoong. com/movies/1878575-milk/