Every May 22, we honor the life and legacy of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician elected in California and a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, often affectionately dubbed “The Mayor of Castro”. Time magazine included Harvey Milk on their list of “The 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century.”
Milk was not only an advocate for the LGBT community, but for all minorities. He believed in safe, strong neighborhoods and supported public education, affordable childcare, and equal rights for all.
Upcoming live events:
- Harvey’s legacy lives on and this year on 5th May 2022 a special Harvey Milk Day 2022 Celebration will take place in his home city of San Francisco, head over to https://www.milkclub.org/ for more details.
- If you’re around St Louis June 11 – 25, 2022, you have the opportunity to attend the World Premiere of the New Performing Edition of Harvey Milk. Based on the true story of Harvey Milk, this opera delves into the tumultuous era of the 1970s to trace one young man’s rise to lead a movement. Tickets available here: https://opera-stl.org/whats-on/harvey-milk/
If you’re unable to attend either of these, it’s a great time for a reminder of his life and achievements by watching acclaimed documentary The Times of Harvey Milk now available on DIRECTV, HBO Max, and other streaming services.
More about Harvey Milk and his legacy:
Elected to the position of city supervisor in San Francisco, he held office for one year before his life was tragically cut short in 1978 by a political rival who opposed Milk’s liberal views. A bill which he sponsored banning discrimination in public accommodations, housing, and employment on the basis of sexual orientation was passed by the Supervisors by a vote of 11–1, and it was signed into law by Mayor George Moscone.
Harvey Milk’s contributions to the cause of equality for all people has been recognized in a multitude of ways, including the issuance of a commemorative stamp, the posthumous awarding of the Medal of Freedom, the naming of a Navy ship, the creation of a holiday in his memory as well as multiple films and musical celebrations of his life.
The work of Harvey Milk continues today through the work of the Harvey Milk Foundation, founded by his nephew Stuart Milk, in honor of his uncle. Read more about Harvey in this excellent article here.