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He fought for gay people, against war and for workers and the poor. He stood with women, immigrants, seniors and youth. He forged coalitions that built power for ordinary men and women and moved us all forward with his humor, compassion and great love for his people. — Cleve Jones
Born on May 22, 1930.
Harvey Milk delivering his famous “Hope Speech” at SF Pride in 1978.
Harvey Milk, from “That’s What America Is,” speech given on Gay Freedom Day, June 25th, 1978 in San Francisco
Gay brothers and sisters,… You must come out. Come out… to your parents… I know that it is hard and will hurt them but think about how they will hurt you in the voting booth!
Come out to your relatives… come out to your friends… if indeed they are your friends. Come out to your neighbors… to your fellow workers… to the people who work where you eat and shop… come out only to the people you know, and who know you. Not to anyone else. But once and for all, break down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions.
For your sake. For their sake. For the sake of the youngsters who are becoming scared by the votes from Dade to Eugene.
If I turned around every time somebody called me a faggot, I’d be walking backward — and I don’t want to walk backward.Harvey Milk, quoted in The Chronicle