Harvey Milk Day today!
Milk made history when he became the first openly gay man elected into public office in San Francisco 1978. He gave hope to the LGBT community through presenting as his authentic self, not shying away from his sexuality and being unapologetically vocal for civil rights. Milk was a powerful advocate for marginalised communities who sponsored anti-discrimination bills protecting LGBT people, opening day care centres for working mothers and putting forward planning for low cost affordable housing among just a few of the bills all aiming for stronger, safer communities.
Devastatingly, less than a year after his inauguration, Harvey Milk was assassinated. A crowd of thousands led a silent candle lit vigil to City Hall, followed by countless people coming out across the nation including Milks nephew, Stuart Milk. The Harvey Milk Foundation was set up by Staurt Milk and Anne Cronenberg to carry on his fight for ‘equality and authenticity for everyone everywhere’.