- Category: LGBTQ Articles
- Written by Mel Mystery
May 22 is Harvey Milk Day. The day is organized by the Harvey Milk Foundation to remember and celebrate the 1970s gay activist, Harvey Milk.
In 1977, Harvey Milk became San Francisco's first openly gay elected official, as a member of the city's board of supervisors. Milk considered invisibility and the emotional trauma that keep gay people closeted to be our worst foes. He urged gay people to "Break down those closet doors, and to stand up and start to fight." As a supervisor, Milk sponsored two laws one barring anti-gay discrimination and another forcing dog owners to clean up their dogs mess. Milk stood out publicly against Anita Bryant's "Save the Children" from homosexuals campaign and the 1978 California Briggs Initiative -- a bill that would prevent gay and lesbian people from teaching in public schools.