WASHINGTON – Today, The United States Postal Service (USPS) officially issued a postage stamp in honor of the late LGBT rights leader Harvey Milk. At a first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony, representatives from the White House, USPS and the Harvey Milk Foundation honored the visionary leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States, and an icon of the LGBT civil rights movement. Milk’s call to live openly has inspired millions of people around the globe and is widely credited as the driver of LGBT equality efforts in the United States. Nine out of ten Americans now say they know someone who is LGBT.
Human Rights Campaign President, Chad Griffin issued the following statement celebrating the release of the stamp:
"Harvey Milk today joins the pantheon of American greats memorialized on a United States postage stamp. It's a fitting tribute for a brave man who contributed immeasurably to strengthening our democracy. His unparalleled leadership inspired a movement and has had a profound effect on millions of LGBT people the world over."
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.