By Stuart Milk
Harvey Milk was my uncle, but he’s also my hero. His election proved what we’re capable of when we stand up for ourselves, stop listening to the naysayers and rally our community to action. We’re capable of winning – and making history.
That’s exactly what Tammy Baldwin is doing. This week brought the fantastic news that she’s pulled into the lead in her fight to represent Wisconsin in the United States Senate. Four separate polls confirm a big shift in this race, and with just 7 weeks to go, victory is in sight.
Tammy first ran for office in Wisconsin when she was just 24 – less than a decade after my uncle made history in San Francisco. She won that race, joining a handful of gay and lesbian American trailblazers who refused to hide who they were in order to serve their communities.
Twelve years later, Tammy became the first woman in Wisconsin history to be elected to Congress, and the nation’s first out lesbian ever to serve on Capitol Hill.
Now, with our help, Tammy will break a glass ceiling that has existed for more than two centuries. She will fight for the people of Wisconsin, but Tammy will also represent millions of LGBT Americans who have never had an authentic voice in the Senate.
Like my uncle Harvey, Tammy has faced doubters who thought she couldn’t be honest about herself and win. But in every single campaign, she has proved them wrong. Now we’re seeing the proof that this race is winnable too – and that history can be made again.
It’s time for all of us to come together and take the next big step for equality. When Tammy raises her right hand to be sworn into the Senate this January, I know you’ll want to be a part of making that moment happen. Join this historic campaign with a contribution, or volunteer one weekend in Wisconsin to help LGBT candidates running across the state.
Harvey Milk was a dreamer, and he dreamed big. But he never stopped there. He fought to make his dream a reality, and with the help of the Victory Fund and trailblazers like Tammy Baldwin, his dream lives on.
Photo: Brook Pifer