Born May 22, 1930, Naval and Korean War Veteran, Harvey Milk became the first openly gay man elected in California, to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors in1977. Milk spoke out not only for LGBT people, but women, people of color and other communities living on the margins.
At a time when anti-gay ballot issues were winning across the country, Milk and his coalition were a major force in defeating California’s “Prop. 6 Briggs’ Initiative” that mandated firing teachers for being gay.
Assassinated in their offices at point blank range on November 27, 1978, Milk and political ally, Mayor George Moscone; mourners filled the street in a mile and half long candle light vigil processing to City Hall; where today, a statue of Harvey Milk stands in its rotunda.
The Times of Harvey Milk, narrated by Harvey Fierstein, the 1984 documentary about his life was the first film with a gay subject to win an Academy Award.
Harvey Milk is recognized as one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Important People of the 20th Century.” President Obama posthumously awarded Milk the Medal of Freedom in 2009. In 2014 the USPS issued the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp, the first time an openly LGBT person, as the White House put it, joined the select few “great and accomplished Americans to grace the corner of an envelope and represent the US to the world.”
Celebrate Harvey Milk’s legacy and give the next generation “hope” with a copy of the new children’s book “Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag,” written by Rob Sanders and illustrated by Steven Salerno.
According to NBCNews.com
“The book starts with the story of Harvey Milk — described as “an ordinary man” with “an extraordinary dream” — and his path to becoming in 1977 one of the first openly gay people elected to public office in the U.S. The story then goes on to describe Milk’s collaboration with Baker in the creation of the rainbow pride flag, which debuted on June 25, 1978, at San Francisco’s gay pride march.”
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