Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) was an American politician, and the first openly homosexual man to be elected to public office in California. He served as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. His biggest victory was the month of his death. He was instrumental in the defeat of The Briggs Initiative that would have barred open homosexuals from teaching positions in his district. Although public opinion polls predicted its passage, he was able to mobilize enough people to vote no. It is also worth noting that then-governor Ronald Reagan publicly opposed the Proposition which helped its defeat. On November 27, 1978, he and Mayor George Moscone were shot and killed by Dan White, a disgruntled, Democratic former Supervisor who had resigned earlier.
At his trial, Dan White's lawyers insisted that his judgment had been impaired by depression caused by a poor diet. This argument (dubbed the "twinkie defense" by the media) led to a lenient sentence, provoking rioting and protests within San Francisco's homosexual community.
May 22 is designated Harvey Milk day by the state of California. The U.S. Postal Service has created a stamp in his honor.
- Would Meghan's Law Apply To Harvey Milk, Politicsforum.org
- Matt Barber (28 Oct 2013). Sexual Predator Honored With U.S. Postage Stamp. Americans for Truth. Retrieved on 31 Jul 2017. “As a 33-year-old homosexual man, Harvey Milk entered into a homosexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy, according to his late biographer. The age-of-consent in California was 18.”