Press Advisory May 19

The Harvey Milk Foundation Celebrates Harvey Milk Day 2011


Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Foundation to hold weeklong celebrations and catalog nationwide and international events with new


The Harvey Milk Foundation celebrates the second annual Harvey Milk Day with events in Sacramento, San Diego and its signature events in San Francisco. In hopes that other states will follow California’s lead by establishing May 22 as Harvey Milk Day, the Foundation has developed a new online campaign to track events set to honor Harvey Milk’s legacy on
In 2009, the California State Legislature passed, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed, SB 572 designating every May 22 as “Harvey Milk Day.” SB 572 was authored by Senator Mark Leno and sponsored by Equality California (EQCA). May 22, 2010 marked the very first “Harvey Milk Day” in history and official launch of the Harvey Milk Foundation.
“The Harvey Milk Foundation asks that Harvey’s birthday be used to recognize and reward equality champions,” said Stuart Milk, leader and founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation and nephew of Harvey Milk.  “Such champions include President Barack Obama who has taken unprecedented opportunity to ensure LGBT inclusion in national and international affairs and to our tireless advocate, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, whose steadfast support has led to strong legislative victories for all underserved and marginalized communities.”


Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Sacramento, Calif.
Official screening of the re-released documentary “The Times of Harvey Milk”
Friday, May 20, 2011
San Diego, Calif.
Harvey Milk diversity breakfast
Saturday, May 21, 2011
San Francisco, Calif.
Co-hosted events to benefit the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy
Sunday, May 22, 2011
San Francisco, Calif.
Grand opening of the Harvey Milk Call Center at historic Castro camera shop
Sunday, May 22, 2011
San Francisco, Calif.
Harvey Milk Day rally and march
Other events for Harvey Milk Day 2011:


A roster of many political, business and non-profit leaders. Participant and program highlights:
  • California’s Capitol editor and chief, Greg Lucas, moderates a conversation on Harvey Milk and the documentary “The Times of Harvey Milk” between Stuart Milk and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano. (Sacramento)
  • Stuart Milk and Nicole Murray-Ramirez present the 2011 Harvey Milk Leadership Award of San Diego to the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education, Superintendent Bill Kowba and the Safe Schools Task Force. (San Diego)
  • Anne Kronenberg, Stuart Milk, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener (District 8) and Mayor Edwin M. Lee give speeches on the importance of Harvey Milk Day during a public rally. (San Francisco)
Harvey Milk Day 2011 sponsors: dot429; VSP Vision Care, the California Biotechnology Foundation; Equality California (EQCA); The California Museum; and many more.


The Harvey Milk Foundation, established in 2010 as a non-profit charitable organization, promotes Harvey Milk’s legacy through education and outreach. Harvey Milk (193 0-1978) was the first openly gay elected official in the United States when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He was assassinated in San Francisco’s City Hall in November 1978.The Foundation is lead and founded by Harvey’s nephew, Stuart Milk, and Anne Kronenberg, Harvey’s campaign manager and political aide.
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