Post submitted by Brian McBride, former HRC Digital Strategist 

Today. Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected into public office, would have celebrated his 87th birthday.

Milk made history in 1977 when he was elected to serve as a San Francisco City Supervisor, becoming one of the first openly LGBTQ elected officials in the country. Sadly, less than a year later on November 27, 1978, he was assassinated.

Despite his short time in office, Milk’s contributions and influence the fight for LGBTQ equality live on in the work of activists and allies throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Milk envisioned a place where all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, are treated equally. HRC, as well as countless other LGBTQ organizations, pro-equality lawmakers and supporters, share that vision and strive every day to make full equality a reality for millions of LGBTQ people.

During these uncertain times, it is more vital than ever that we, as a community, continue to work tirelessly towards achieving what Milk sacrificed his life for -- equality and justice for all.

The HRC Action Center and Store in San Francisco’s historic Castro District is located in Milk's former camera shop. In addition to keeping LGBTQ individuals and allies informed on national issues, the action center engages advocates to push leaders at all levels in support of equality.  

Learn more about HRC’s Action Center and Store in San Francisco here and share the image below to show your support in the fight for LGBTQ equality.

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