- November 27, 2013
Today HRC honors Harvey Milk, LGBT civil rights hero and one of the first openly gay men elected to public office.
Harvey Milk made history when he was elected to serve as San Francisco City Supervisor in 1977. Less than a year into his term, he was assassinated, along with Mayor George Moscone, on November 27, 1978.
Harvey Milk dedicated his life to advocate for a better and more equitable society, not just for LGBT people, but for all who had been marginalized – whether it was because of their race or ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity, age or socioeconomic status. Milk envisioned an America where everyone received the same dignity, respect, rights, and protections.
Tonight, San Francisco will celebrate the lives of George Moscone and Harvey Milk with two events. First, the Harvey Milk Foundation will hold a vigil at 4:30 pm outside of City Hall with friends and family of Milk and Moscone, followed by a candlelight march, similar to the impromptu vigil held the night Milk was assassinated, to Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro.
Later, Cleve Jones will host a memorial in the Castro at 7 pm and will include members of the local community organizations, words from Dustin Lance Black, a performance by the Gay Men’s Chorus and a recorded message from Harvey Milk.