Harvey Milk’s electoral victory, in 1977, made him one of the first openly gay elected public officials in the United States. Milk, surprisingly, wasn’t open about his orientation and didn't work in LGBT activism until he was around 40 but that didn't affect his ability to have a tremendous impact on the United States. His determination to not only live his life, but also serve his community with authenticity symbolized freedom for millions of LGBT people around world. Milk faced many challenges on his quest for equality and his perseverance inspired millions of activists. Harvey Milk served less than a year in the public office position he won so courageously before he was brutally assassinated on November 27th, 1978.
This year, the White House Office of Public Engagement, the United States Postal Service and the Harvey Milk Foundation are hosting a ceremony to unveil the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp at the White House. Guests will include the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator Tammy Baldwin, Representative John Lewis, Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman, and other distinguished guests including the Co-Founders of the Harvey Milk Foundation, Stuart Milk and Anne Kronenberg. Watch live at 3:00pm EST at whitehouse.com/live.
Today we remember Harvey Milk and all he did. We will continue to move forward with the inspiring work he was so passionate about to push for the equality we all deserve.