Tomorrow the White House will host a dedication ceremony for the United States Postal Service’s soon-to-be-released Harvey Milk Forever Stamp.
Milk, a civil rights legend, organized the political campaigns that eventually led him to be the first openly gay man elected into a major public office as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
The Postal Service said in a statement that Milk’s achievements, “gave hope and confidence to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination.”
The stamp image is based on a circa 1977 black and white photograph of Milk in front of his Castro Street Camera store in San Francisco.
Today, Milk’s historic Castro Street Camera store is home to the HRC Action Center and Store, a source for information on the work of the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization. In addition to keeping LGBT individuals and allies informed on national issues, the action center engages advocates to push leaders at all levels in support of equality.
To celebrate Milk's legacy, the San Francisco Action Center and Store will give away 200 commemorative date of issue postmarked envelopes.
A second special dedication ceremony will be held in San Francisco next week and will be open to the public.
To order the stamp now, visit https://store.usps.com/