Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

SF mayor marks Milk election anniversary

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee issued a statement Wednesday marking the anniversary of slain gay icon Harvey Milk winning election to the Board of Supervisors.

“On this day 40 years ago, Harvey Milk forever changed our city and helped reshape politics in our state and nation,” said Lee in his November 8 statement.

“As the first openly-gay elected official in California history, Harvey broke down barriers and opened up boundless possibilities for members of the LGBTQ community. He was a fearless trailblazer who refused to be marginalized, and his courage inspired countless others follow in his footsteps,” Lee continued.

Milk, a Castro district camera shop owner, won election November 8, 1977, after previous attempts to win a seat failed. A year later, in November 1978, he and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by former supervisor Dan White.

“As we continue to witness assaults on our civil rights – particularly the rights of our LGBTQ members – now more than ever we need to embrace the spirit of Harvey,” stated Lee. “In San Francisco, we will embody his legacy by being a city that stands up and proudly fights on the behalf of all of our residents. We will forever remember what Harvey used to say – hope will be never silent.”

In other news this week, several out LGBT candidates across the country won their elections. See the Thursday, November 9 edition of the Bay Area Reporter for details.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, November 8, 2017 @ 1:04 pm PST
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