78 Facts About Harvey Milk

1. Harvey Milk had died, and with him a great deal of the Castro's optimism, idealism, and ambition seemed to die as well.

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2. Harvey Milk provided a means to integrate the disparate voices of his various constituencies.

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3. Harvey Milk opposed the closing of an elementary school; even though most gay people in the Castro did not have children, Milk saw his neighborhood having the potential to welcome everyone.

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4. Harvey Milk invited the press to Duboce Park to explain why it was necessary, and while cameras were rolling, stepped in the offending substance, seemingly by mistake.

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5. Harvey Milk likened himself to pioneering African American baseball player Jackie Robinson and walked to City Hall arm in arm with Jack Lira, stating "You can stand around and throw bricks at Silly Hall or you can take it over.

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6. Harvey Milk was hoping to be elected governor of California in 1978, and was impressed with the voter turnout he saw in Miami.

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7. Harvey Milk declared, "This is the power of the gay community.

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8. Harvey Milk distributed his campaign literature anywhere he could, including among one of the most influential political groups in the city, the Peoples Temple, an organization that Milk attended regularly.

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9. Harvey Milk took whatever opportunity came along to promote himself.

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10. Harvey Milk told a friend: "It's too good an opportunity.

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11. Harvey Milk enthusiastically embraced a local independent weekly magazine's headline: "Harvey Milk vs The Machine".

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12. Harvey Milk complained that the prevailing gay political establishment, particularly the Alice B Toklas Memorial Democratic Club, were shutting him out; he referred to Jim Foster and Stokes as gay "Uncle Toms".

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13. Harvey Milk railed that high officers in the city and state governments were against him.

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14. Harvey Milk often repeated his philosophy that gays should buy from gay businesses.

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15. Harvey Milk started a romantic relationship with Jack Galen McKinley and recruited him to work on conservative Republican Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign.

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16. Harvey Milk was the younger son of Lithuanian Jewish parents and the grandson of Morris Milk, a department store owner who helped to organize the first synagogue in the area.

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17. Harvey Milk supported the entire homosexual, bisexual, and cross-dressing agenda2.

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18. Harvey Milk was known for quotes like "Hope is never silent".

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19. Harvey Milk encouraged LGBT people to be visible in society and believed in achieving social equality.

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20. Harvey Milk is their icon, their legend, their genius and the biggest inspiration.

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21. Harvey Milk was a charismatic New Yorker who was a graduate of the University of Albany and a US Navy veteran (discharged in 1955).

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22. Harvey Milk is not some prep-school refuge for the privileged.

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23. Harvey Milk was a city supervisor of a San Francisco and the first openly gay officer in the city's history.

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24. Harvey Milk moved from New York City to live in San Francisco in 1972.

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25. Harvey Milk entered the political arena for the first time in 1973 after being angered by the Watergate scandal.

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26. Harvey Milk decided to move with McKinley to California, where he got a job in finance.

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27. San Francisco city politician Harvey Milk helped open the door for gays and lesbians in the United States by championing civil rights for homosexuals.

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28. Harvey Milk was originally greenlit in 1991 with Oliver Stone as an executive producer.

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29. Harvey Milk was gay and had a six-year relationship with Joe Campbell.

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30. Harvey Milk was born on May 22, 1930, to William and Minerva Milk.

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31. In 2009 Harvey Milk was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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32. Harvey Milk co-founded the Castro Village Association to unite gay business owners, and launched the inaugural Castro Street Fair in 1974.

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33. Harvey Milk moved back to San Francisco for good in late 1972, and within a few months he opened a camera shop on Castro Street, the heart of the gay community.

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34. Harvey Milk went on to attend Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and served as a diving instructor and chief petty officer aboard USS.

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35. Harvey Milk enrolled at the New York State College for Teachers at Albany, where he joined the Jewish fraternity Kappa Beta and became sports editor of the school paper.

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36. Harvey Milk attempted a variety of careers before finding his place in politics.

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37. Harvey Milk was said to be so proud of his time in the Navy that he wore a brass buckle with his Navy insignia until the day he died.

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38. Harvey Milk finished the race in seventh place after the six incumbents.

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39. Harvey Milk made an impressive showing, coming in tenth out of thirty-two candidates.

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40. Harvey Milk entered the political arena for the first time in 1973 after being angered by the Watergate scandal.

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41. Harvey Milk decided to move with McKinley to California, where he got a job in finance.

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42. San Francisco city politician Harvey Milk helped open the door for gays and lesbians in the United States by championing civil rights for homosexuals.

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43. In 1977, on his third try, Harvey Milk was finally elected to the Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay elected official in the city's history.

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44. Harvey Milk entered the political arena for the first time in 1973.

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45. Harvey Milk decided to move with McKinley to California, where he got a job as a financial analyst.

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46. Harvey Milk was born on May 22, 1930, in Woodmere, New York.

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47. Harvey Milk lived in a time of division and animosity, not unlike what the United States is experiencing today.

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48. Harvey Milk envisioned an America where everyone is afforded the same dignity, respect, rights and protections.

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49. In 1977, Harvey Milk made history when he was elected to serve as a San Francisco city supervisor and became one of the first openly LGBTQ elected officials in the country.

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50. Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in.

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51. Harvey Milk was bold and unrepentant, clear about who he was and why he served.

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52. Harvey Milk was the first openly gay person elected to public office in California, becoming a member of San Francisco's board of supervisors in 1977.

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53. Harvey Milk became the first openly gay person elected to public office in California when, after almost a decade of unsuccessful attempts, he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977.

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54. Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977 and served.

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55. Harvey Milk was known as the first openly gay elected leader in California.

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56. San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, left, who was openly gay, talks with Gwenn Craig and Bill Kraus, co-coordinators of the San Francisco No on Prop 6 program in San Francisco on Nov 7, 1978.

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57. Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977.

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58. Harvey Milk predicted punitive reactions to his own push for gay rights.

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59. In 2012, Harvey Milk was inducted into the Legacy Walk, an outdoor public display which celebrates LGBT history and people.

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60. Harvey Milk strongly believed that neighborhoods promoted unity and a small-town experience, and that the Castro should provide services to all its residents.

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61. The next day, the bodies of Moscone and Harvey Milk were brought to the City Hall rotunda where mourners paid their respects.

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62. One of the longest notes he left for Harvey Milk indicated he was upset about the Anita Bryant and John Briggs campaigns.

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63. In one controversy early in his term, Harvey Milk agreed with fellow Supervisor Dan White, whose district was located two miles south of the Castro, that a mental health facility for troubled adolescents should not be placed there.

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64. Harvey Milk quickly qualified as the leading candidate in District 5, surrounding Castro Street.

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65. Harvey Milk spent five weeks on the Board of Permit Appeals before Moscone was forced to fire him when he announced he would run for the California State Assembly.

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66. Harvey Milk favored support for small businesses and the growth of neighborhoods.

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67. Harvey Milk organized the Castro Street Fair in 1974 to attract more customers to the area.

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68. From early in his political career, Harvey Milk displayed an affinity for building coalitions.

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69. Harvey Milk had drifted through life up to this point, but he found his vocation, according to journalist Frances FitzGerald, who called him a "born politician".

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70. Harvey Milk decided that the time had come to run for city supervisor.

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71. In March 1973, after a roll of film Harvey Milk left at a local shop was ruined, he and Smith opened a camera store on Castro Street with their last $1,000.

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72. Harvey Milk met Scott Smith, 18 years his junior, and began another relationship.

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73. Harvey Milk drifted from California to Texas to New York, without a steady job or plan.

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74. Harvey Milk tried to keep his early romantic life separate from his family and work.

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75. Harvey Milk graduated from Bay Shore High School in Bay Shore, New York, in 1947 and attended New York State College for Teachers in Albany from 1947 to 1951, majoring in mathematics.

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76. In 2002, Harvey Milk was called "the most famous and most significantly open LGBT official ever elected in the United States".

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77. Harvey Milk served almost eleven months in office and was responsible for passing a stringent gay rights ordinance for San Francisco.

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78. In 1972, Harvey Milk moved from New York City to the Castro District of San Francisco amid a migration of gay and bisexual men.

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