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Today is Harvey Milk Day – the legendary gay rights icon was born 89 years ago today

Harvey Milk was just 48 years old and had been a gay rights activist for less than a decade when he was murdered inside San Francisco City Hall.

But what a legacy he left behind.

Born 89 years ago today, Milk was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

He 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 but just 11 months into his term, he and Mayor George Moscone were murdered at City Hall by former Supervisor Dan White.

Today is Harvey Milk Day – a day to celebrate Milk’s story, message and legacy to give hope and inspire disenfranchised communities.



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  1. His spirit lives on in so many of us out here in the world fighting the good fight daily. We have to pick up the ball and keep on going because Harvey couldn’t have been killed in vain. If we sit around and not making sure that those of us in this umbrella of existence aren’t looking out for the one another then it would be ashamed that a great, inspiring spirit/soul like Harvey had to be killed for us to have basic rights to just be able to even breath. Happy Birthday, Harvey, I pray your resting in peace because there haven’t been too many others that were able to be so kind, caring and loving but an active warrior without ever making anyone feel uncomfortable about standing up for what is right. You were able to make sure that your family (LGTBQ family) were okay and not suffering in just the act of existing. Your courage will never be forgotten and remembered not just for your voice for the LGTBQ community but for anyone that felt like they were being marginalized to the point of no return. So many Harvey’s have risen up from his ashes but still, there hasn’t been anyone that has had that kind of impact that Harvey was able to have.

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