Milk, Harvey

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  • Harvey Milk (1930–78) was the first openly gay elected political official in the United States. Elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, Milk was an advocate for gay rights who also sought to improve the quality of life for his constituents in the Castro area of the city. Milk's promising political career was prematurely terminated in November 1978, when he was assassinated.

    Milk was born May 22, 1930, in Woodmere, Long Island, New York. His parents were Lithuanian Jews, and Milk's father operated a family department store. Milk graduated from Bay Shore High School in 1947. Although he acknowledged his homosexuality during his high school years, he was not open about his sexual preference, ostensibly following a more traditional lifestyle. In 1951, Milk ...

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