Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

Governor recognizes 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 today (Friday, May 20) issued a proclamation to mark Harvey Milk Day, which is Sunday, May 22. The annual state holiday marks the slain gay icon’s birthday. Milk, who was killed almost 40 years ago, would have been 86 this year.

“As one of the first openly gay politicians to hold office in the United States, San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk is remembered as a hero in the movement for acceptance” of LGBTs, Brown said. “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. His legacy lives on in the vibrant neighborhoods of San Francisco, which he helped restore to vitality at a time when American cities were in crisis.”

Milk became the first out LGBT elected official in California when he won a seat on the Board of Supervisors in 1977. He represented the Castro and other neighborhoods

Dan White, a former supervisor, assassinated Milk and Mayor George Moscone in City Hall in November 1978.

In his proclamation, Brown said, “I urge all Californians to remember Harvey Milk for his contributions to the more open, free, and honest society that we live in today. We should also remember how he died, at the hands of a fellow supervisor, a killing that Milk himself had anticipated because of the virulent opposition he faced. On this day, let us rededicate ourselves not only to the cause of equal rights for all people, but also to the peaceful and democratic process envisioned by our nation’s founders.”

The state of California held the first Milk Day on May 22, 2010. Harvey Milk Day is considered a day of special significance, meaning public employees do not receive the day off and schools are not closed when it falls on a weekday.

For the seventh annual observance, San Francisco’s Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club will present a screening of The Times of Harvey Milk , the 1984 Academy Award-winning documentary, at 3 p.m. at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street. Tickets are $12 and available online. More information is available at the Facebook page, “The Times of Harvey Milk – Birthday Screening at the Castro Theatre.”

Earlier in the afternoon, at 1, gay Supervisor Scott Wiener, whose District 8 includes the Castro, will join other community leaders at Harvey Milk Plaza (Castro and Market streets), to celebrate and honor Milk. The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band will perform. Interested people are welcome to attend.






— Seth Hemmelgarn, May 20, 2016 @ 2:05 pm PST
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