California solidified the late politician and gay activist Harvey Milk’s birthday, May, 22 as a significant public day of recognition in the state. The special day is also observed throughout the United States.
Harvey Milk is the first openly gay politician in California and one of the first in all of the United States. The courageous Californian fought tooth to nail in the face of harsh adversity to be bestowed with such titles.
Milk’s determination and resilience against all the odds won him a seat on the San Franciso Board of Supervisors in 1977, during the times when LGBT people were looked down upon and considered abnormal.
But Milk kept his eye on the prize. In his beloved slogan, “My name is Harvey Milk and I wanna recruit you,” herds of supporters gathered over attempt after attempt to champion the politician way to victory.
Unfortunately, Milk’s time in office was shortlived due to his assassination on November 27, 1978, by follow board supervisor Dan White. Milk’s death did not come before his powerful impact that still radiates to this day.
Milk is our community’s everlasting symbol of sheer willpower and courage, which has been preserved by the Harvey Milk Foundation. The Foundation was established in 2009 by Milk’s nephew, LGBT activists and political speaker, Stuart Milk.
Co-founder and President of the Harvey Milk Foundation, Stuart Milk personifies his uncle’s tenacity in LGBT activism. With him behind the helm of the organization, his uncle’s legacy lives on globally.
The Harvey Milk Foundation organizes the celebratory Harvey Milk Day. This year in observance of Harvey Milk Day the GLBT History Museum (4127 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114; 415-621-1107) will be offering free admission to all throughout the day from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.