In Tribute & In Memory
May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978
Harvey Milk, born in Woodmere, NY, was a U.S. politician who became the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Milkâ€™s groundbreaking election in 1977 as one of the worldâ€™s first openly gay elected officialsâ€”and its most visible oneâ€”symbolized the freedom to live life with authenticity to millions of LGBT women and men around the world.
Milk served less than a year in public office before he was brutally assassinated by another city supervisor. But his life profoundly changed a city, state, nation and a global community. His courage, passion and sense of justice rocked a country and stirred the very core of a put-down and pushed-out community, bringing forward new hope and a new vision of freedom.
Harvey Milk’s dream for a better tomorrow, filled with the hope for equality and a world without hate, continues to motivate advocacy and action in a new generation.
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