(l-r) Liebe Gadinsky with Karen Dixon and Rea Carey
Harvey Milk was a visionary leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S. when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Milk’s achievements gave hope and confidence to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination. Milk believed that government should represent all citizens, ensuring equality and providing needed services.
His political career was tragically cut short less than a year after he took office in California when he and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were assassinated on Nov. 27, 1978.
In 2009, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
The lineup of speakers for the Dedication Ceremony included Nancy Pelosi, John Lewis, Stuart Milk, Tammi Baldwin, Samantha Power, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and many more, as well as Mary Lambert who sang a beautiful rendition of "Same Love." A second ceremony was held in San Francisco on May 28, 2014.
The stamp image is based on a circa 1977 black and white photograph of Milk in front of his Castro Street Camera store in San Francisco taken by Daniel Nicoletta of Grants Pass, OR. Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, VA, was art director for the stamp.