The United States Postal Service will issue a stamp in honor of slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk, the Harvey Milk Foundation announced Thursday.
Milk, who made history as the first openly gay man to hold political office in California when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, will be the first openly LGBTQ elected official to be featured on a stamp.
The stamp, to be introduced in 2014, will feature one of Milk’s most enduring messages, “Hope will never be silent.”
“On behalf of the Milk family and the Harvey Milk Foundation, we are thrilled that our campaign for the stamp has succeeded and we thank all our partners including the USPS in this effort,” said Stuart Milk, president and founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation.
“Harvey’s story, example and courage continues to inspire across the globe and the issuance of the first U.S. postage stamp for a openly LGBT in my uncle’s name will not only educate but will provide hope, hope that is still critically needed today,” he said.