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Harvey Bernard Milk, 1930-1978, was an American politician who became the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California in 1977, serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Originally from New York he moved to San Francisco in 1972.
Milk’s election was made possible by and was a key component of a shift in San Francisco politics. Milk served 11 months in office and was responsible for passing a stringent gay rights law for the city. On November 27, 1978, Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, another city supervisor who had recently resigned but wanted his job back. The assassinations and the ensuing events were the result of continuing ideological conflicts in San Francisco.
May 22 is Harvey Milk Day. The Harvey Milk Foundation continues his work.