Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, wrote this simple tweet to Indiana.
In it, he refers to Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person ever to be elected to public office in California.
Milk was assassinated in 1978.
The video pairs images of contemporary life and families in Indiana with audio from a timeless speech Milk gave in the '70s.
Here's a transcript:
"Somewhere in Des Moines or San Antonio there's a young gay person who all of the sudden realizes she or he is gay knows that if the parents find out, they'll be tossed out of the house, the classmates will taunt the child and that child has several options: staying in the closet, suicide...
Then one day that child might open up a paper that says 'Homosexual Elected in San Francisco' and there are two new options:
One option is to go to California... Or stay in San Antonio and fight.
Two days after I was elected, I got a phone call and the voice was quite young...and the person said, thanks...
There's hope for a better tomorrow. Without hope, not only for gays but those blacks, for the Asians, for the disabled, and for seniors... the uses, the uses, without hope the uses give up. I know that you cannot live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living...
And you and you and you, you gotta give 'em hope.
Thank you very much."
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