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We Remember: Harvey Milk Assassinated 38 Years Ago

Today, HRC honors LGBTQ civil rights hero Harvey Milk.

Milk made history when he was elected to serve as San Francisco City Supervisor in 1977, making him one of the first openly gay men elected to public office. Less than a year into his term, he was assassinated, along with Mayor George Moscone, exactly 38 years ago on November 27, 1978.

Harvey Milk dedicated his life to advocate for a better and more equitable society, not just for LGBTQ people, but for all who had been marginalized – whether it was because of their race or ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity, age or socioeconomic status. Milk envisioned an America where everyone received the same dignity, respect, rights, and protections.

“Hope will never be silent,” he famously stated.

The San Francisco HRC Action Center and Store in the historic Castro District is located in Milk’s former camera shop. In addition to keeping LGBTQ individuals and allies informed on national issues, the action center engages advocates to push leaders at all levels in support of equality.

Today, we honor his leadership, legacy, vision and sacrifice.