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Harvey Milk Day celebration at Humbrews

[From Queer Humboldt]

Queer Humboldt will celebrate Harvey Milk Day tonight at 5:00pm at Humbrews.

Celebrate this special day with great food and a special Harvey Milk drink at Humbrews (for purchase).

Then from 6:15pm-7:45pm “The Times of Harvey Milk” film at Humbrews event room. See this Oscar award winning documentary about Harvey Milk and the ground breaking work he did as San Francisco’s first elected gay councilor.

Ages 18+. No charge for admission or film.

We want to thank the Arcata City Council for proclaiming May 22 as Harvey Milk Day in the city of Arcata, sponsored by City Councilman Shane Brinton.

  1. Kubla
    May 22, 2011 at 9:53 am

    What a shame the event is to be held in a bar. A non-alcohol setting open to everyone–not just those 18 years+ and those in recovery–would have been much more appropriate. The bar will even be serving a drink the sponsors are naming after Harvey Milk. How stupid is that?

    I’m older than 18 and not in recovery, but I’ll pass on this bar event. Harvey deserved better.

  2. Kubla
    May 22, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I meant to say that the venue should be one open to everyone, not just those who are 18+ and NOT in active recovery.

  3. May 22, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Kubla—the venue is open to all ages. We modifed the 18+ shortly after releasing the press. Come on down and socialize and see the film. We want the youth to come out and see the history of Harvey Milk.
    Todd Larsen, Queer Humboldt

  4. Sylvia
    May 22, 2011 at 10:23 am

    My hope is that there will be a turnout of not only LGB folks but of the so-called “straight” folks as well in support of everyone being free to be who they are. When the world is telling someone that they are wrong, bad, sick, etc. for being who they are it becomes a life long struggle to love oneself. Help spread the love.

  5. Kubla
    May 22, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Todd Larsen, I’m curious. Just why did you pick a bar for this event, even if it’s a bar that also sells food? If you want “the youth to come out and see the history of Harvey Milk,” then you could have chosen a more family-friendly setting. The publicity for this event has already been sent out, so your last minute change to all ages should have little effect.

    What about people in recovery? Is this an appropriate venue for them?

    Is the drink of the evening–the”Harvey milkshake”–one with alcohol in it? Will you and your partners be drinking at this event? Will many attendees be drinking during the screening of “Milk”?

    Harvey Milk was not about a big party with alcohol. What a shoddy venue to honor his history.

  6. May 22, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Kubla–Humbrews has been a very supportive venue for the queer community and it’s allies.

    They serve great food–and they also have a bar if people want to drink. Last year’s celebration there was well received.

    All the Facebook and Internet emails for the past several weeks all have said all ages. We corrected the one release that went out many weeks ago that you see on the Humboldt Herald.

    Make sure and let your friends know of the all ages to be sure they can enjoy the film. By the way, there is no bar service in the event room–keeping it a film venue for those who just want to see the documentary.

    Thanks for the support and sharing!

  7. Kubla
    May 22, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Enjoy your “Harvey milkshakes” Todd. Your drinking event can carry on without me and others unhappy with the bar venue.

  8. Sylvia
    May 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Well Todd , ya can’t please ’em all no matter what you say. Clearly Kubla was determined to put you and the event down and was determined to harp on about the bar setting and ignore the positives. I think it mat be a good thing that Kubla won’t attend, there is a meaningful life to be celebrated with no negativity in the air. Thank you for all you do.

  9. May 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Kubla sure is a wet towel. I’ll try not to think about him as I drink a toast to Harvey Milk.

  10. Anonymous
    May 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Kubla doesn’t understand that breweries offer food and all kinds of drinks. I take my kids in them all the time.

  11. Rick Khamsi
    May 23, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I attended the Harvey Milk Day Celebration at Humbrews in Arcata yesterday, over thirty-two years after I met Harvey Milk.

    Queer Humboldt had said it would be a positive, educational, socially-uplifting gathering for people of all ages — and it was.

    For my part, it gave me a chance to visit with friends – old and new – who have been and who are now part of the broad movement for justice and equality. Watching “The Times of Harvey Milk” together helped young and old alike bridge the gap of age. And we could see for ourselves that Harvey Milk sought the empowerment of disabled people, elderly people, and members of racial minority groups as well as for Lesbians and Gays.

    I had the pleasure of speaking with Harvey Milk briefly in October 1978 during the campaign against Proposition Six. It was at a fund-raiser in a bar in San Francisco — a jam-packed, noisy bar, filled with a motley assortment of intensely joyous people of every imaginable description. For a few minutes just before he was called to the microphone, he and I spoke about the campaign and I thanked him for all his efforts on behalf of Gay Rights over the years.

    Harvey Milk would have been very happy with the Celebration that was sponsored by Queer Humboldt at Humbrews yesterday to celebrate his life and to motivate his admirers today to “Never blend in” and to “Come out, come out, wherever you are!”

  12. felix
    May 23, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Kubla – the rest have ‘straightened’ you out I guess re. the Humbrews choice, but I would like to add: As someone who lived in S.F. during the ‘time of Harvey Milk’ – at that time, there was NO other gay venue. So the choice of a bar (esp, one that does everything you want the venue to do ie. food and children) is an ESPECIALLY appropriate one.
    Had I not been out of town and missed the notice, I’d have liked to attend. But like Harvey, I will happily be there in spirit(s).

  13. Kubla
    May 24, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Bullshit. Maybe there was “NO other gay venue” at that time, but there are plenty of sober venues around here now.

    I take it that the rest of you don’t have kids. I do—and I won’t take them to a place where alcohol is being consumed. They don’t need to be around people getting stupid with alcohol.

  14. May 24, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Kubla should quit cursing and complaining and put on a dry event. I’m sure that he would be an uplifting host.

  15. Anonymous
    May 24, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I saw no one “getting stupid with alcohol” at Humbrews. Kubla owes the people who attended the Harvey Milk Day Celebration an apology for making such a stupid assumption.

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