Harvey Milk

American politician Harvey Milk

Harvey Bernard Milk was an American politician who became the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Politics and gay activism were not his early interests; he was not open about his homosexuality and did not participate in civic matters until around the age of 40, after his experiences in the counterculture of the 1960s.
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Birthday
22 May 1930
Death Place
San Francisco

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MOVIE REVIEW | 'WE WERE HERE'; In a City's Plague Years, Caring for Their Own
NYTimes - over 6 years
''There was nothing extraordinary about the fact that you lose the people you love because it's going to happen to all of us,'' observes Ed Wolf, a gentle, gay San Franciscan in his mid-50s who devoted years to counseling dying AIDS patients during the peak of the epidemic. ''It's just that it happened in this targeted community of people who were
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One City's Plague Years, In Small Details
NYTimes - over 6 years
SAN FRANCISCO THE AIDS epidemic has been the subject of countless efforts at exploration and explanation in all manner of media, from popular films like ''Philadelphia,'' to Pulitzer Prize-winning dramas like ''Angels in America,'' to television tear-jerkers like ''The Ryan White Story.'' But few treatments, dramatic or otherwise, have tried to
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Important to always live life to the fullest - Times-Delphic
Google News - over 6 years
The world is lucky to have individuals such as Mike Gronstal, Harvey Milk, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln or even Tank Man. These individuals found something worth fighting for. I wish to see humanity take on some of its modern challenges with
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Where Are All of Mayor Ed Lee's Endorsements? - SF Weekly (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
For an incumbent mayor, Lee is certainly getting snubbed; in the last few weeks, the League of Conservation Voters, Central City Democrats, the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, came out with their endorsements -- and it wasn't Lee
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Political Notebook: LGBT Democratic clubs weigh in on SF races - Bay Area Reporter
Google News - over 6 years
As expected the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club has endorsed progressive District 11 Supervisor John Avalos to be San Francisco's next mayor, while the more moderate Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club is set to give its first
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Avalos Wins Harvey Milk Club Sole Endorsement - Fog City Journal
Google News - over 6 years
Supervisor and mayoral candidate John Avalos won the coveted Harvey Milk Democratic Club's (HMDC) sole endorsement last eve in the ranked-choice race for mayor, though a second vote in September is likely to result in City Attorney
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Neighbors help out Milk school - Bay Area Reporter
Google News - over 6 years
Will Yates, a third grader at the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, and his mother, Liz, demonstrated the puppet theater, one of the items for sale at the neighborhood yard sale on Hartford Street that took place August 13. Organized by Mark McHale and
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FBI releases new files on Milk, Moscone, and White - Bay Area Reporter
Google News - over 6 years
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released a new batch of files detailing its various investigations into corruption accusations against former San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, gay former Supervisor Harvey Milk,
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Protest Against West Draws Over 100 - SouthFloridaGayNews.com
Google News - over 6 years
... Hall Square in WiltonManors, with speaker after speaker taking Congressman Allen West to task for his words that 'denigrate the LGBT community,' according to keynote speaker Stuart Milk, nephew of legendary San Francisco gay activist Harvey Milk
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Stratton Pollitzer of Equality Florida to be honored by Harvey Milk Foundation ... - MiamiHerald.com (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
Stratton Pollitzer of Equality Florida to be honored by Harvey Milk Foundation Aug. 28 in Miami Beach We're thrilled to present the Harvey B. Milk Foundation Honors Medal to Stratton Pollitzer in recognition of his outstanding leadership through his
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A Wedding? Oh, Yes, We Did That, Too
NYTimes - over 6 years
MY parents, Betty and Terry Doonan, met in a Royal Air Force soup kitchen at the end of World War II. They had both run away from home a few years prior and were disinclined to return to their respective birthplaces. Eight weeks after their first encounter, they went to a registry office with two pals and got hitched. No family. No white dress. No
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Illuminating California's Proposition 8 Trial, Onstage
NYTimes - over 6 years
A new play based on the Proposition 8 trial over same-sex marriage in California, written by the Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black (''Milk''), will be performed in a staged reading on Broadway in September and then produced at Carnegie Mellon University, Northwestern, the University of Michigan, and elsewhere. Mr. Black and other supporters
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California To Require Gay History In Schools
NYTimes - over 6 years
LOS ANGELES -- California will become the first state to require public schools to teach gay and lesbian history. As expected, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on Thursday that mandates that the contributions of gays and lesbians in the state and the country be included in social science instruction and in textbooks. School districts will have until
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PMSing? Drink Milk and Get Over It - The Female Fan
Google News - over 6 years
... god they don't -- my guess is, they'd try to use it as an excuse for taking out their enemies, a la Dan White's notorious Twinkie defense (he claimed the sugar high from eating a bucket load of Twinkies caused him to shoot and kill Harvey Milk)
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Harvey Milk
    FORTIES
  • 1978
    Age 47
    Harry Britt summarized Milk's impact the evening Milk was shot in 1978: "No matter what the world has taught us about ourselves, we can be beautiful and we can get our thing together...
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    It took eight weeks to film, and often used extras who had been present at the actual events for large crowd scenes, including a scene depicting Milk's "Hope Speech" at the 1978 Gay Freedom Day Parade.
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    The San Francisco Gay Democratic Club changed its name to the Harvey Milk Memorial Gay Democratic Club in 1978 (it is currently named the Harvey Milk Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Democratic Club) and boasts that it is the largest Democratic organization in San Francisco.
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    On November 10, 1978, 10 months after being sworn in, White resigned his position on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, saying that his annual salary of $9,600 was not enough to support his family."Mayor Hunts a Successor for White", The San Francisco Examiner, (November 11, 1978), p. 1.
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    California State Senator John Briggs saw an opportunity in the Christian fundamentalists' campaign. He was hoping to be elected governor of California in 1978, and was impressed with the voter turnout he saw in Miami.
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    On November 27, 1978, Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, another city supervisor who had recently resigned to pursue a private business enterprise but who had sought his position back after that endeavor failed.
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  • 1977
    Age 46
    He was to have received an award the next week for rescuing a woman and child from a 17-story burning building when he was a firefighter in 1977.
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    On election day, November 8, 1977, he won by 30% against sixteen other candidates, and after his victory became apparent, he arrived on Castro Street on the back of his campaign manager's motorcycle—escorted by Sheriff Richard Hongisto—to what a newspaper story described as a "tumultuous and moving welcome".
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  • 1976
    Age 45
    Keeping his promise to Milk, newly elected Mayor George Moscone appointed him to the Board of Permit Appeals in 1976, making him the first openly gay city commissioner in the United States.
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  • 1975
    Age 44
    Milk's role as a representative of San Francisco's gay community expanded during this period. On September 22, 1975, President Gerald Ford, while visiting San Francisco, walked from his hotel to his car.
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    Although he was a newcomer to the Castro District, Milk had shown leadership in the small community. He was starting to be taken seriously as a candidate and decided to run again for supervisor in 1975.
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  • 1974
    Age 43
    Milk organized the Castro Street Fair in 1974 to attract more customers to the area.
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  • 1973
    Age 42
    Milk's fiery, flamboyant speeches and savvy media skills earned him a significant amount of press during the 1973 election.
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    Milk became more interested in political and civic matters when he was faced with civic problems and policies he disliked. One day in 1973, a state bureaucrat entered Milk's shop Castro Camera and informed him that he owed $100 as a deposit against state sales tax.
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  • 1972
    Age 41
    His speech at the 1972 Democratic National Convention ensured that his voice, according to San Francisco politicians, was the one to be heard when they wanted the opinions, and especially the votes, of the gay community.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1970
    Age 39
    In 1970, increasingly frustrated with the political climate after the U.S. invasion of Cambodia, Milk let his hair grow long.
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  • 1964
    Age 33
    When McKinley first began his relationship with Milk in late 1964, he was 16 years old.
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    He started a romantic relationship with Jack Galen McKinley, and recruited him to work on conservative Republican Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign.
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  • 1962
    Age 31
    In 1962 Milk became involved with Craig Rodwell, who was 10 years younger.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1956
    Age 25
    In 1956, he met Joe Campbell, at the Jacob Riis Park beach, a popular location for gay men in Queens.
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  • 1955
    Age 24
    In 1955, he was discharged from the Navy at the rank of lieutenant, junior grade.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1947
    Age 16
    Milk graduated from Bay Shore High School in Bay Shore, New York, in 1947 and attended New York State College for Teachers in Albany (now the State University of New York at Albany) from 1947 to 1951, majoring in mathematics.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Born
    Born on May 22, 1930.
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