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Harvey Milk

Born: May 22, 1930

Death: Nov 27, 1978

Birthplace: Woodmere

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Harvey Milk

Date of Birth : May 22, 1930
Date of Death : Nov 27, 1978
Birth Place : Woodmere

Harvey Bernard Milk was an American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Politics and gay activism were not his early interests; he was not open about his homosexuality and did not participate in civic matters until around the age of 40, after his experiences in the counterculture of the 1960s. Milk moved from New York City to settle in San Francisco in 1972 amid a migration of gay men to the Castro District. He took advantage of the growing political and economic power of the neighborhood to promote his interests, and ran unsuccessfully for political office three times. His theatrical campaigns earned him increasing popularity, and Milk won a seat as a city supervisor in 1977. Milk served almost 11 months in office and was responsible for passing a stringent gay rights ordinance for the city. On November 27, 1978, Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, another city supervisor who had recently resigned but wanted his job back. Milk's election was made possible by and was a key component of a shift in San Francisco politics.


  • Politician
  • Businessperson

Also known as

  • Mayor of Castro Street
  • Harvey Bernard Milk


  • William Milk
  • Minerva Karns Milk

Awards Won

  • Presidential Medal of Freedom
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