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May 20, 2011

Celebrate Harvey Milk’s Birthday with a Postage Stamp

by Accidental Bear


This weekend there will be celebrations throughout California and the United States for Harvey Milk’s birthday on May 22.

Harvey Milk was a pioneer for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights. He was the first non-incombant openly gay man elected to office in the United States.

Milk was relentless with his passionate call for equality. While he was a Supervisor for San Francisco, he helped pass the first city wide civil rights ordinance for gay people in San Francisco.

He was always concerned about LGBT youth. His now famous saying, “You’ve got to give them hope,” is still as relevant today as when he said it nearly 30 years ago. Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” campaign is a living example of Harvey Milk’s philosophy. Closeted and and oppressed LGBT people need to know that life can be better.

Sadly, Harvey Milk was assassinated by Dan White before he could complete his important work. Nevertheless he remains an inspiration to all of us who care about social justice.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force started a petition on to encourage the United States Postmaster to create a Harvey Milk stamp. More than 7,000 people have signed the petition so far.

You too can celebrate the life and legacy of Harvey Milk by signing the petition and sharing it with your friends. If successful, this will be the first United States postage stamp featuring an LGBT civil rights hero. Harvey Milk would sure be proud.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

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