Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Today Is Harvey Milk Day

Far too much of LGBT history has been lost and that is why I think it is really important to talk about the events and people that we are aware of.  Harvey Bernard Milk was the first publicly out gay man to be elected to public office in California.  He only managed to serve 11 months before he was assassinated  by Dan White, another city supervisor who had recently resigned but wanted his job back.

"In August 2009, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Milk the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contribution to the gay rights movement stating “he fought discrimination with visionary courage and conviction”. Milk’s nephew Stuart Milk accepted for his uncle.  Not long after that, Stuart co-founded the Harvey Milk Foundation with Anne Kronenberg with the support of Desmond Tutu, co-recipient of 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom and now a member of the Foundation’s Advisory Board."

The following is an award winning documentary about Milk that we should all watch.