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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.

Behold! The Harvey Milk Commemorative Stamp!


Linnis.com Stamp News just revealed the design for the U.S. commemorative "forever stamp" honoring San Francisco political figure and gay rights activist Harvey Milk.

According to Linnis.com:

The stamp will be issued on Harvey Milk Day, May 22, in a location or locations yet to be determined. Both Washington, D.C., and San Francisco are potential first-day cities. U.S. Postal Service officials announced the stamp subject in October 2013 but have not formally revealed the image.

As we reported last fall, "the campaign advocating for a stamp in Milk's honor began back in 2009... [this] stamp will be the first to feature an openly LGBT elected official."

The Washington Blade also has an in-depth story on the contentious campaign to get the stamp made in the first place.

(via Joe.My.God.)

SF Candlelight Vigil Planned Wednesday to Mark 35th Anniversary of Milk-Moscone Assassination

A candlelight vigil is being held tomorrow night in San Francisco to mark the 35th anniversary of Harvey Milk and George Moscone's assassination at City Hall.

MilkMoscone1Write the organizers on Facebook:

Harvey and George were the brightest beacons of hope for San Francisco’s disenfranchised and displaced. But more than that, they represented the spirit of San Francisco, a city for anyone and everyone, welcoming to all, affordable to all, with justice for all. 35 years later, the time has come again for us to gather, one and all, to remember Harvey and George. More importantly, the time has come to make their vision of a city of hope come alive. Now more than ever, we have to give each other hope.

The vigil will begin at Milk Plaza at 7pm followed by a candlelight march down Market Street to City Hall. A performance by the Gay Men's Chorus, words of inspiration from Dustin Lance Black, and a recorded message from Harvey Milk will conclude the evening. 

ASL Interpretation and Spanish translation will be provided as well as accessible transportation from Milk Plaza to City Hall.

Gay Son of SF Mayor George Moscone, Who Was Slain with Harvey Milk, Marries Partner

Jonathan Moscone (left), the son of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, who was assassinated in 1978 with SF Supervisor Harvey Milk, married his partner on the mayor's balcony of SF City Hall on Friday, the NYT reports:

MosconeMr. Moscone (left), 49, is the artistic director of the California Shakespeare Theater in Berkeley. He graduated from Williams College and received a Master of Fine Arts in directing from Yale...Mr. Carbonaro, 46, is the associate general counsel of Clean Power Finance, a company in San Francisco that manages and makes investments in residential solar power. He graduated from Drexel University and received a law degree from Pace.

The San Francisco Chronicle also covered the marriage:

"I now feel more cognizant of the connection between my father and the city and its history," Moscone said. "Sometimes it's hard to live inside all of that. But it's also why I love working and living here. It feels right."

The marriage also feels right, he said. Carbonaro, who loves to cook, is Sicilian. The Moscone family is Genovese.

"I proposed at the bar of the NoMad Hotel in New York in January," Moscone said. "It was spur of the moment, and I asked him to marry me by the end of the year."


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1454


I WANT TO RECRUIT YOU: Vlogger John Bird reflects on Harvey Milk's famous quote.

EARLY TRICK OR TREATING: Who's in the spirit?

I'll BE THERE FOR YOU: Ben Cohen does the quickstep.

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San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus 'I Am Harvey Milk' Original Cast Recording Comes Out: VIDEO


To coincide with National Coming Out Day the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus released a teaser for their original cast recording CD of I Am Harvey Milk by Andrew Lippa (The Addams FamilyBig Fish). Performed this past June at SFGMC's 35th anniversary concert, I Am Harvey Milk is an original work commissioned by the chorus that chronicles the life and legacy of Harvey Milk. The 300-member chorus is accompanied by the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony and features Noah Marlowe as Young Harvey, Andrew Lippa himself as Harvey Milk, and Tony Award-winning soprano Laura Benanti.

The teaser clip samples a few minutes from the finale piece, "Tired of the Silence", which implores gays and lesbians to proudly come out, and displays image after image of victories in the LGBT civil rights movement that were also shown during the live performance. The CD can be purchased on the SFGMC website and should ship later this month with the iTunes version of the album available by the end of October. The video as well as a few lyrics from select songs can be seen AFTER THE JUMP...

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