In , San Francisco politics was taken by storm when gay rights activist Harvey Milk was elected to the Board of Supervisors. Though Milk was assassinated 11 months after he was elected to office, his legacy of fighting for gay rights has inspired a new generation of civic activists across the United States, fighting for sexual equality and the expansion of civil liberties for gays and lesbians. In the mid-twentieth century, homosexuals were legally and socially discriminated against in the United States. However, in during a police raid on a gay bar in New York City, instead of running from the authorities, gays chose to protest their right to visit gay bars. The riots that followed the raid, which became known as the Stonewall Riots, led to the public exposure of police brutality, sparking the first gay rights organization in the U. Milk became involved in local politics and ran for public office to encourage equality and enhance the lives of working-class San Franciscans and minorities.
Harvey Milk - HISTORY
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Bringing People Hope: Harvey Milk and the Gay Rights Movement in America
Navy before working at a Wall Street investment firm. After moving to San Francisco in the early s, Milk established himself as a leading political activist for the gay community. Milk was murdered in November by a former colleague, Dan White. Milk realized he was gay at an early age, and reportedly was indulging his desires with illicit trysts by his early teens.
We've given them hope. A year after delivering that speech and making history as the first openly gay elected official in California — and one of the first in the country — Milk was gunned down at San Francisco City Hall on Nov. He was just But during his short time in office, Milk made his mark.