“It takes no compromising to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no survey to remove repressions.” — Harvey Milk (Gay Rights Activist and Politician, California’s first openly gay elected official)
Today is Harvey Milk Day, honoring the gay rights activist and politician that was California’s first openly gay elected official. Milk fought hard to earn the position of San Francisco City Supervisor, running three times for the position using theatrical campaign tactics that brought him national news coverage. While the third time was a charm, Milk’s term would be tragically cut short after he and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by a political rival in 1978. While Milk served less than a year in the office he worked so hard to attain, he made an immediate impact — sponsoring a bill banning discrimination in public accommodations, housing, and employment on the basis of sexual orientation that was signed into law. Harvey Milk Day honors this visionary politician and Navy veteran that blazed the trail for future gay politicians.