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Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected official in American history. He was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977.  Harvey was born on May 22, 1930 in Woodmere, New York, and moved to the Castro District in San Francisco in 1972. While serving on the board, Milk helped to pass some strict gay rights laws in the city.  11 months after taking office, Harvey Milk, along with San Francisco mayor, George Moscone were assassinated by fellow city supervisor Dan White on November 27, 1978.

 

Photo by Daniel Nicoletta Harvey Milk as Mayor for a Day March 7, 1978 When Harvey was acting mayor for one of the days that Mayor George Moscone had to be out of town, it was like the marx brothers in the mayors office.. when I can in to photograph harvey that day i was greeted by harvey with an option of recieving any commission my heart desired, and in the background Jim Rivaldo some other friends Harvey's were having fun playing with the mayors paper shredding machine which was built into his huge wooden desk.
Photo by Daniel Nicoletta
Harvey Milk as Mayor for a Day
March 7, 1978

Additional information on Harvey Milk:

  • Milk (2008) film directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Sean Penn and Josh Brolin
  • The Times of Harvey Milk (1984) Documentary by Rob Epstein
  • The Mayor of Castro Street (1982) Autobiography by Randy Shilts