“Coming out is the most political thing you can do.” -Harvey Milk (22 May 1930 – 27 November 1978), LGBTQ & human rights activist, eternal ray of hope & sunshine, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient (awarded posthumously in 2009)
“The young gay people in the Altoona, Pennsylvanias and the Richmond, Minnesotas who are coming out and hear Anita Bryant on television and her story…the only thing they have to look forward to is hope. And you have to give them hope. Hope for a better world. Hope for a better tomorrow. Hope for a better place to come to if the pressures at home are too great. Hope that all will be all right. Without hope, not only gays, but the blacks, the seniors, the handicapped, the us’es…the us’es will give up. And if you help elect to the central committee and other offices more gay people, that gives a green light to all who feel disenfranchised, a green light to move forward. It means hope to a nation that has given up, because if a gay person makes it, the doors are open to everyone.” -quote taken from Harvey’s staple speech, the “Hope Speech”
With his election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on 8 November 1977, he became the first openly gay elected official in California
Harvey believed broad public education and dialogue was paramount to his life’s work as a civil rights leader. Embracing that philosophy, the Harvey Milk Foundation was founded in 2009 by his nephew Stuart Milk to teach individuals, communities & organizations across the globe how they can employ Harvey’s values & techniques in the pursuit of carrying on his timeless vision for the creation of a better world.