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California urges Postal Service to honor Harvey Milk with postage stamp

Monday, September 3, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California State Assembly has adopted a resolution carried by Assemblymember Toni Atkins requesting that the U.S. Postal Service honor slain civil rights leader Harvey Milk with a postage stamp.

HR 41 recognizes Milk’s many accomplishments as a leader of the LGBT community and will be added to letters from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other leaders in urging the postal service to create a Milk stamp.

Harvey Milk

“A postage stamp draws attention to important people who may not be familiar to all Americans,” said Atkins (D-San Diego). “Harvey Milk, who gave his life because he led the way for equality, is an ideal choice for this honor.”

Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected official from a major city in the United States when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisor in 1977.

Before he was assassinated in 1978, Milk encouraged LGBT people to live their lives openly as the only way to change society and achieve social equality.

In 2009, Milk was inducted into the California Hall of Fame and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His birthday, May 22, is recognized annually in California. Milk was also named one of Time Magazine’s one hundred persons of the century.

Recently, a street in San Diego was renamed for Milk and the California State Senate adopted a resolution urging the Secretary of Defense to name a Navy ship after Milk.

The campaign to honor Harvey Milk with a postage stamp has been led by several community groups, including the Harvey Milk Foundation, The International Court Council and the GLBT Historic Task Force of San Diego.

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7 more reader comments:

  1. he so richly deserves it

    Posted on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 10:04am
  2. Let’s connect it with a fund raising even for bullying like the Breat Cancer stamp. that’s raised over 75 million dollars

    Posted on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 10:10am
  3. Maybe they could do a multi-image sheet of stamps with LGBT pioneers on it. Harvey Milk, Frank Kameny, who else would you nominate for the honor of being a stamp?

    Posted on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 10:30am
  4. Since I am blocked, I cannot click “like”, but I can say that I’m all AMERICAN. Harvey Milk was a man of freedom and should be on a commemative U.S. Postage Stamp.

    Posted on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 10:52am
  5. yay…..

    Posted on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 10:58am
  6. Oh yeah. Such a brave man.

    Posted on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 11:15am
  7. Even as a Canadian I say damn right he should be!

    Posted on Monday, September 3, 2012 at 11:23am