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Supervisor Harvey Milk

May 22, 1930 - November 27, 1978

It has been 35 years to the day that the US and the world said goodbye to a man who was a beacon of hope for those who wished to breakdown barriers for the LGBTQ community. Harvey Milk was the first opening gay man elected into major public office in California. Less than a year into his role, he was sadly and tragically assassinated by former supervisor Dan White. 

When he was sadly taken from us, the number of openly LGBT people in a political position were low. Leap forward 40 years and statistics show more than one in five Americans are represented by an openly LGBT official. The likes of anti-gay activist Anita Bryant and former State Senator John Briggs, who Milk often opposed, are long gone, but sadly their opinions live on. 

“Once they realise that we are indeed their children, that we are indeed everywhere, every myth, every lie, every innuendo will be destroyed once and for all” - Harvey Milk

Speaking for myself, i’d like to take a moment and say Harvey, you’re an inspiration to many and we wish you were still with us to celebrate being out and proud and help defeat the evils against LGBTQ equality. I know you’d try your hardest to break these anti gay extremists such as Putin, Nick Griffin and Fred Phelps. Many are following in your footsteps and keeping your mission at the top of their list. You are truly missed.