Gay rights activist and community leader Harvey Milk made history when he became one of the first openly gay officials in the United States in when he was elected to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors. He was tragically shot and killed the following year, and numerous books and films have been made about his life. Milk was born on May 22, , in Woodmere, New York. Reared in a small middle-class Jewish family, Milk was one of two boys born to William and Minerva Milk.
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At times in recent years, longtime gay activist Cleve Jones was fearful that the legacy of Harvey Milk — his late friend and mentor and a towering figure in the early gay rights movement — was fading into the mists of history. In many ways, the story of Milk is the story of the gay rights movement in this country. In the s, Milk went from closeted gay man to civic activist to being the first openly gay man elected to high public office. His success reached beyond the city when, in fall , he led the successful campaign to defeat Proposition 6 that would have banned gay teachers from California schools. But just weeks later — on the morning of Nov. White fired five bullets into Milk, the last shot at close range.
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A new postage stamp honoring gay rights activist Harvey Milk was unveiled at the White House on what would have been the icon's 84 th birthday. Milk, who was elected as a San Francisco supervisor in and was assassinated less than a year later in front of city hall, is the first openly gay politician to receive the honor of a postage stamp. At the ceremony, the U. He was intolerant of injustice.
CNN Activism takes different forms, whether it's marching in the streets, speaking on behalf of marginalized people or influencing pop culture to embrace people from society's fringes. Today's LGBTQ activists follow a long line of people who dedicated their lives to changing the way the world sees members of their community. And the fight for equality is far from over.