We remember Harvey Milk: May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978
Harvey Milk was the first openly gay or lesbian politician to be elected to public office in California and the first openly gay man elected to public office in the United States.
It took Milk till he was in his 40s to open up about his homosexuality, but after he did he became an activist for the LGBT people. He became an inspiration for many, whose voices were not heard. Voices that were marginalized because their life did not match that of the majority.
Milk served almost 11 months in office and was responsible for passing a stringent gay rights ordinance for the city. On November 27, 1978, Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, another city supervisor who had recently resigned but wanted his job back.
Despite his short career in politics, Milk became an icon in San Francisco and a martyr in the gay community. In 2002, Milk was called “the most famous and most significantly open LGBT official ever elected in the United States”. Anne Kronenberg, his final campaign manager, wrote of him: “What set Harvey apart from you or me was that he was a visionary. He imagined a righteous world inside his head and then he set about to create it for real, for all of us.”
Thank you Harvey, you will always be remembered. RIP.