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Harvey Milk Postage Stamp to Get White House Dedication on May 22


The official first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp will take place at the White House on May 22 which is 'Harvey Milk Day' in California and would have been the slain civil rights leader's 84th birthday.

Writes the White House in its announcement:

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 remarkable career was tragically cut short nearly a year after he took office, when he and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were assassinated.

In 2009, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

The stamp image will be previewed at a later date and a public dedication ceremony will take place in San Francisco.

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  1. And the actor who portrayed him in the film, "Milk" has the nickname "sex on legs" -- Sean Penn. The actor who played his boyfriend in the movie, attempted to pick up a much younger girl on Twitter. Those actors are both straight. The screenwriter is dating a swimmer, twenty years younger. I doubt Harvey would get a second look on the street if her were alive today, unless he grew a beard. This stamp has a rich heritage. It's been good for Obama.

    Posted by: Gary | Apr 14, 2014 1:02:31 PM

  2. First use of tweed on a postage stamp.

    Posted by: Gary | Apr 14, 2014 1:09:02 PM

  3. Lovely lovely lovely. Ignore "Gary" - dude's still upset that he coudn't get f***ed even if he fell @ss-first onto a cock factory.

    It's a great iconic image they chose, so kudos to Dan Nicoletta, too!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 14, 2014 1:19:44 PM

  4. We should all send a letter of condolence to NOM, FRC etc with this stamp on the envelope.

    Posted by: simon | Apr 14, 2014 1:48:49 PM

  5. Oh Canada. Where used condoms become Kiwi's comments.

    Posted by: Gary | Apr 14, 2014 2:02:09 PM

  6. @Simon. Or if we have any Finnish friends, how about some postcards with the Tom of Finland postage stamps?

    Posted by: Bollox | Apr 14, 2014 2:02:33 PM

  7. My comments are stick not lick -- like the stamps.

    Posted by: Gary | Apr 14, 2014 2:07:58 PM

  8. xox Kiwi. Just playing with a pro.

    Posted by: Gary | Apr 14, 2014 2:19:04 PM

  9. awesome and well deserved.

    Posted by: Tom | Apr 14, 2014 2:52:40 PM

  10. Love it! Wait a minute that very same picture was in color when it was first proposed for the stamp. What happened?

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 14, 2014 3:55:28 PM

  11. Tom of Finland stamps are kind of nice too...

    Posted by: Urban Drake | Apr 14, 2014 4:15:58 PM

  12. At the risk of sounding like a prude, when in fact I'm just being realistic, I'm pretty sure the Tom of Finland stamps aren't going to do anyone any favors.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 14, 2014 6:03:03 PM

  13. Tom of Finland stamps won't fit on the stamp.

    Posted by: Gary | Apr 14, 2014 6:41:19 PM

  14. this is so cool! I am living to see the day a gay man is on a USA stamp.....I do wish the large and not so large gblt organizations would do a mass mailer to all the right wing groups that hate us and use the Harvey Milk stamp! The look on these folks' faces would be priceless............

    Posted by: Bernie | Apr 14, 2014 8:29:27 PM

  15. Bernie:
    It seems he is not the first. James Baldwin, Andy Warhol, Cole Porter all been on stamps. Not sure they were out by today's standard.

    Posted by: simon | Apr 14, 2014 8:38:17 PM

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