Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 41 / 12 October 2017
 

Governor proclaims Harvey Milk Day

The late San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk. Photo: Dan Nicoletta

The late San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk. Photo: Dan Nicoletta

California Governor Jerry Brown has proclaimed Monday (May 22) Harvey Milk Day. The non-paid state holiday was established in 2010 to honor the slain gay civil rights icon, who would have been 87 Monday.

Milk became the first out gay man in San Francisco and in the state to win public office when he was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1977. He was assassinated with Mayor George Moscone by former Supervisor Dan White in City Hall in 1978.

In his proclamation, Brown said, Milk “is remembered as a hero in the movement for acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. His courage in facing a hostile public and his insistence on being treated the same as anyone else contributed greatly to the advancement of this cause. Milk succeeded because he was not just a gay leader but a champion for his district, a brilliant coalition builder and community organizer who brought the real concerns of ordinary people to City Hall.”

Brown, who was governor when Milk was fatally shot, added, “I urge all Californians to remember Harvey Milk for his contributions to the more open, free, and honest society that we live in today.”

Many in San Francisco are marking the holiday with the Windows for Harvey campaign, with displays honoring MilkĀ installed in storefront windows throughout the Castro and inside the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library. They will remain up through May 31, then many will be auctioned off June 1 at Spark Arts, 4229 18th Street.

 

— Seth Hemmelgarn, May 22, 2017 @ 10:27 am PST
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