Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Groups announce Milk Day events

Two LGBT rights groups have announced events they are planning to correspond with the inaugural Harvey Milk Day this May 22 in California.

Equality California, the statewide LGBT lobbying group, and Equality Across America, a national grassroots group spawned from last fall’s LGBT march on Washington D.C., are both organizing celebrations for the first Harvey Milk Day.

The spring Saturday is Milk’s birthday; he would have turned 80 this year. But the former San Francisco supervisor (pictured at right) was gunned down in November of 1978 along with then San Francisco Mayor George Moscone in City Hall by former board colleague Dan White. Only the year prior had Milk become the first out person elected to public office in a major American city by winning his supervisor seat.

Last year Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill pushed by openly gay state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) creating the first known state holiday for an LGBT person after initially vetoing the legislation the year before.

As the Bay Area Reporter earlier this month reported, the newly formed Harvey Milk Foundation is working with San Francisco officials to mount a weekend’s worth of events in honor of the slain gay rights leader, including an awards ceremony, street fair and diversity breakfast. Milk’s gay nephew, Stuart Milk, has been a driving force behind the plans.

Stuart Milk has now also signed on to appear at an EQCA event that Saturday afternoon at the Osbourne family estate in Hidden Hills for its inaugural Harvey Milk Day celebration. Matriarch Sharon Osbourne, the wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, will host a sunset cocktail party and reception to raise funds for EQCA from 3 to 6 p.m. that day.

In San Francisco that evening EQCA will host a 1970s themed party at Castro bar The Lookout. Attendees are being asked to wear bell bottoms and miniskirts for the 21 and older event.

The political group also is hosting a ladies party in Los Angeles the night of Friday, May 21 and a brunch at an undisclosed private home in Palm Springs Sunday, May 23 with Stuart Milk and EQCA Executive Director Geoff Kors.

“This May, let’s celebrate together and honor Harvey Milk’s legacy with actions that make a difference,” wrote Kors in an email sent to EQCA members Wednesday, February 24.

As for Equality Across America, it is calling for a week of local actions beginning May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia that would culminate on Milk Day. The group says it is organizing a series of regional conferences where “activists from Seattle to Gainesville will debate out political questions, discuss strategy and tactics of our movement and begin the process of developing a broad new leadership.”

— Matthew S. Bajko, February 24, 2010 @ 5:04 pm PST
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