Gov. Gavin Newsom declared May 22 as Harvey’s Milk Day, the governor’s office confirmed on Saturday.
Harvey Milk was a politician and the first openly gay man elected in California. He was born on May 22, 1930 in New York City and moved to San Francisco years later.
“Today we honor a hero not just for his own community, but for every Californian
fight for freedom and equality, ”Governor Newsom said in a statement.
Upon arriving in Castro District in 1972, Milk found an LGBTQ + community and took it upon himself to organize and defend justice. In 1977, he became the first openly gay person elected to the Golden State.
“Milk has stood firm in its belief that freedom and dignity should extend to everyone
human beings, regardless of their orientation or gender identity, are at great personal risk, ”Governor Newsom said.
“Milk paid the ultimate price for its plea when it was hit by a
the assassin’s bullet just a year after the start of his term on the supervisory board. His legacy
lives in laws and policies that protect the LGBTQ community and in hearts
generations of activists. “
Governor Newsom encourages Californians to remember Milk’s words; “Hope will never be silent.”
“We must continue his fearless advocacy as we work towards a California for All,” Newsom said.
Take a look at the governor’s full statement.