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Hooray! Harvey Milk will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously so wish he were alive to experience this tremendous thing but it is wonderful to see that Harvey Milk will be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor any civilian can receive from this country.

Milk was one of the country’s first openly gay elected officials and the movie about his life won star Sean Penn and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black Academy Awards.

The award will be accepted at a White House ceremony August 12 by Stuart Milk, the nephew of the late San Francisco Supervisor and civil rights activist, according to Victory Fund.

“The President’s action today touches the core of our very human hearts and my uncle would be so proud of this high honor,” Stuart Milk said in a statement. “His election was, for him, a beginning–a chance to make real change. That change is happening, but we still have so far to go.  I hope this recognition inspires LGBT Americans everywhere to heed Harvey’s call to run for office, to serve openly, to live proudly with authenticity and to demand the equality that we all deserve.”

Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund said: “We are thrilled President Obama is honoring Harvey Milk with the Medal of Freedom. He’s an American hero and trailblazer whose election more than 30 years ago triggered a political awakening that inspires us still today. This recognition sends an important message about how critical political leadership will be in making all Americans equal in the eyes of the law.”

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