Harvey Milk (1930-1978), a San Francisco city politician, helped open the door for LGBTQ+ people in the United States by bringing their civil rights, among many other issues, to the political table. Since Milk's murder in 1978, he has remained a symbol of activism.
Milk's 1977 election to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors brought a message of hope to LGBTQ+ people across the country. Milk served as a city supervisor for less than a year before being murdered along with Mayor George Moscone by a rival politician, but he was instrumental in bringing the gay rights agenda to the attention of the American public. Milk was not a one-issue politician, however. For him, gay issues were merely one part of...Read more
- May 22, 1930
- November 27, 1978
- Civil rights activist
- Milk, Harvey Bernard