Former San Francisco Supervisor
Born: May 22, 1930, Woodmere, NY
Assassinated: November 27, 1978, San Francisco City Hall, CA
Awards: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Education: University at Albany, The State University of New York (1947–1951), Bay Shore High School (1947), Bay Shore High SchoolMore
Parents: William Milk, Minerva Karns Milk
- NAME: Harvey Milk
- OCCUPATION: Activist, Political Leader
- BIRTH DATE: May 22, 1930
- DEATH DATE: November 27, 1978
- EDUCATION: New York State College for Teachers in Albany, Bayshore High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Woodmere, New York
- PLACE OF DEATH: San Francisco, California
- Nickname: “Mayor of Castro Street“
- Full Name: Harvey Bernard Milk
- AKA: Harvey Milk
Best Known For
Harvey Milk became one of the first openly gay officials in the United States in 1977, when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Tragically, he was killed the following year.
Born in New York in 1930, 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 1977, 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.
In late 1972, bored with his life in New York, Milk moved to San Francisco, California. There, he opened a camera shop called Castro Camera on Castro Street, putting his life and work right in the heart of the city’s gay community.
For much of his life, Milk had stayed quiet about his personal life. He had known since high school that he was gay, and even in the wake of an emerging gay rights movement, the deliberate and careful Milk chose to remain on the sidelines. But things had started to turn for him toward the end of his time in New York, as he befriended a number of gay radicals who frequented Greenwich Village.
In San Francisco, his life and outspoken politics evolved even further. As Castro Camera increasingly became a neighborhood center, Milk found his voice as a leader and activist. In 1973, he declared his candidacy for a position on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. A novice politician with little money, Milk lost the election, but the experience did not deter him from trying again. Two years later, he narrowly lost a second election for the same seat. By then, Milk had become a political force; an outspoken leader in the gay community with political connections that included San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, Assembly speaker and future city mayor Willie Brown, and future United States Senator Dianne Feinstein.
In 1977, Milk, who was known affectionately as the “Mayor of Castro Street,” finally won a seat on the San Francisco City-County Board. He was inaugurated on January 9, 1978, becoming the city’s first openly gay officer, as well as one of the first openly gay individuals to be elected to office in the United States.
Information source: https://www.facebook.com/Harvey.Milk.Foundation
We ALL are ONE!!
Uploaded on Feb 6, 2009
Sean Penn stars in this biopic of pioneering gay San Francisco politician Harvey Milk. Directed by Gus Van Sant.
We ALL fight the fight!!