~~November 27, 2018~~
FORTY YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH TODAY
THANKFUL TO THIS DAY OF HIS LEADING EXAMPLE
If you go back in time and realize the overall atmosphere and environment around the LGBTQ community in this nation, you will realize the Harvey Milk was a groundbreaking figure.
To this day, his effect is still felt.
More so in the 2018 midterm elections when a significant number of LGBTQ candidates achieved their goal of being elected to the post they were running for.
Thank you, Mr. Milk!!
Gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk was assassinated on Nov. 27, 1978, just one year after becoming California’s first openly gay elected official
Nov. 27, 2018 / 9:10 AM EST
By Tim Fitzsimons
“It’s not my victory, it’s yours and yours and yours”
Harvey Milk said after winning a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in late 1977.
“If a gay can win, it means there is hope that the system can work for all minorities if we fight. We’ve given them hope.”
A year after delivering that speech and making history as the first openly gay elected official in California – and one of the first in the country – Milk was gunned down at San Francisco City Hall on Nov. 27, 1978.
He was just 48.
But during his short time in office, Milk made his mark. He helped to pass the country’s first gay rights ordinance, which sparked the legal LGBTQ-rights revolution that has since resulted in a nationwide right to same-sex marriage and an increasing number of LGBTQ-rights protections in cities and states across the country.
Milk also undoubtedly inspired future generations of LGBTQ Americans to enter politics.
Earlier this month, 40 years after his death and decades after his history-making election, a record-breaking “rainbow wave” of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans followed in his footsteps by running for office and winning.
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