On this Thanksgiving Eve, giving thanks for the life of Harvey Milk who was murdered 35 years ago today
We marked the 50th anniversary of the murder of John F. Kennedy last week and today marks the killing of another great man: Harvey Milk.
It was 35 years ago today that Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, was gunned down inside city hall.
The San Francisco supervisor was shot to death by former Supervisor Dan White who also murdered LGBT ally Mayor George Moscone.
Such a waste.
But Milk led such a remarkable public life and made such a difference that his legacy continues to give hope and inspire disenfranchised communities.
Milk fought hard against discrimination – including Proposition 6, a ballot initiative that would have made firing gay teachers—and any public school employees who supported gay rights—mandatory. It lost by a million votes. As a supervisor, Milk was responsible for passing a stringent gay rights ordinance for the city and was just 11 months into his term at the time of his death.
Long live Harvey Milk!