Harvey Milk: If a gay can win, there’s hope

Art by Rob Goldstein

If I turned around every time somebody called me a faggot, I’d be walking backward – and I don’t want to walk backward. Harvey Milk

I have always considered myself part of a movement, part of a candidacy. Almost everything was done in the eyes of the gay movement. -Harvey Milk

Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) became the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Harvey Milk was not open about his homosexuality and did not participate in civic matters until around the age of 40.

Milk moved from New York City to San Francisco in 1972 to settle in the
Castro District where he became part of the Gay Liberation Movement.

Milk used the growing political and economic power of the Castro to promote the rights…

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