The Los Angeles Times
December 19, 2012

In addition to Constitution Week, Cyber Security Awareness Month and Wear Red for Women Day, Harvey Milk Day will now be officially recognized by Orange County supervisors. The decision marks a reversal for county supervisors, who twice previously refused to set aside a day to honor the birthday of the slain gay rights activist, who was a supervisor in San Francisco when he was gunned down. On Tuesday, supervisors voted to adopt a yearly list of proclamations that included Harvey Milk Day. Supervisor Shawn Nelson, who helped activists get the day on the list of more than 90 proclamations, said he understands that the recognition is symbolic. “He was a sitting supervisor,” said Nelson of Milk, who was killed in 1978. “The significance wasn’t lost on me.” The state officially marked Harvey Milk Day in 2009, and this year San Diego named a street in his honor. Long Beach also broke ground on Harvey Milk Promenade Park earlier this year.