Gay Pride NYC | Harvey Milk Day | Catherine Angiel May 28 2014, 0 Comments

Harvey Milk Day

 

Today is a very special day in the LGBT community. Not only is is Harvey Milk Day/what would've been his 84th birthday, but today the White House Office of Public Engagement, the United States Postal Service and Harvey Milk Foundation, will host a first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp at the White House.

Harvey Milk was a true visionary for the LGBT community when he became the fist openly gay man to hold a major political position on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. All of his tremendous achievements gave hope to a community who at the time were encountered by such widespread discrimination and hostility. Harvey Milk believed that government should represent all citizens, ensuring equality and providing needed services. 

Unfortunately on November 27, 1978, less than a year after he took office, Harvey Milk, along with Mayor George Moscone, was assassinated by supervisor Daniel White. 

Harvey Milk has become an icon and a martyr for gay rights. His bravery and determination is the motivation for the modern day gay rights movement.