First USPS Stamp Commemorating openly LGBT Official
The iconic civil rights leader HARVEY MILK (1930-78) who was the first openly gay man to hold public office will, in 2014, be the first in USPS history to be commemorated on a stamp. Milk moved from New York City to San Francisco where he owned a camera shop in the famous Castro District. After three unsuccessful attempts at public office, he finally won a seat in 1977 as City Supervisor in San Francisco.
Harvey worked hard to introduce a gay rights ordinance to help gay and lesbian people hae the same rights as everyone else in the communities around San Francisco. On November 27, 1978, at San Francisco’s City Hall, Milk was gunned down, along with Mayor GEORGE MASCONE, by a retired city supervisor, DAN WHITE, who wanted his job back.
Milk’s Far-Reaching Influence
Milk was awarded posthumously the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM by President Obama in 2009. In 2012, the movie MILK, based on Harvey’s life, garnered a Best Actor Oscar for SEAN PENN and a Best Screenplay Oscar for DUSTIN BLACK.
“Harvey’s story, example, and courage continues to inspire across the globe and issuance of the first U.S. postage stamp for an openly LGBT in my uncle’s name will not only educate but will provide hope, hope that is still critically needed today.” – STUART MILK, co-founder in 2009 of the HARVEY MILK FOUNDATION with ANNE KRONENBERG, Harvey’s Campaign Manager and political aide.
The U.S. Postal Service selects only about twenty subjects per year for a stamp. The service receives thousands of proposals reviewed by a citizen advisory committee.
This November, San Francisco’s ballot will have question to voters whether to name the San Francisco Airport – HARVEY MILK-SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.