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We lost Harvey Milk 34 years ago today

This is a sad anniversary: It was 34 years ago that San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk was assassinated in his City Hall office.

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.

Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were murdered by former San Francisco Supervisor Dan White.

Cleve Jones, an LGBT and AIDS activist who worked closely with Milk (and is portrayed in the film by Emile Hirsch) has posted this photo of Milk and Moscone on his Facebook page and written: “They were two of the most charismatic and genuinely empathetic political leaders I’ve ever known.”

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  1. And lest we forget, the great documentary, THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK (1984), won Rob Epstein his first of two Academy Awards — the other for COMMON THREADS: STORIES FROM THE QUILT (1989). Full disclosure: I worked on TTOHM as print media researcher and archivist — still one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life.

  2. November 28th, 2012 at 12:12 am
    Proof Your Copy says:

    Wow. Hard to imagine it was so long ago. Wonder how things would be different if he had lived.

    But was Harvey assassinated 33 years or 34 years ago? In the headline, you say 34 years, in the text you say 33 years. Which is it?

  3. I would like to bring to your attention, that your heading should of mentioned Mayor Moscone,too! I knew both as friends. The early gay rights movement owed a debt of gratitude to Mayor Moscone. Keep in mind he was elected 2 years before Harvey was elected in 1977. His actions and deeds were appreciated in all segments of the gay community. He came for Fund Raisers,Award and sports venues. He did it at a time it was not fashionable for a straight politician to be seen even after elected to public office.

    I was really lucky to have played in the Gay Community Softball League. In 1978 The Championship team was invited to the Gay World Series in N.Y.Mayor Moscone threw out the first pitch of the season before 2,000 fans.I played and pitch for Oil Can Harry’s ,We were the wild card entry and won the Pennant. Our team had Vietnam vets,city firemen,a teacher and a doctor… gay and straight. Mayor Moscone gave us a proclamation for our diversity. When we arrived in the “Big Apple” our team was kicked OUT! This was the Time of Anita Bryant and John Briggs… and our teamed proved it didn’t matter who you slept with, just as long as you could play good softball and be good sportsmen!

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