Harvey Milk Biography

Harvey Bernard Milk was an American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Politics and gay activism were not his early interests; he was not open about his homosexuality and did not participate in civic matters until around the age of 40, after his experiences in the counterculture of the 1960s.

Milk moved from New York City to settle in San Francisco in 1972 amid a migration of gay men to the Castro District. He took advantage of the growing political and economic power of the neighborhood to promote his interests, and ran unsuccessfully for political office three times. His theatrical campaigns earned him increasing popularity, and Milk won a seat as a city supervisor in 1977, part of the broader social changes the city was experiencing.

Milk served almost 11 months in office and was responsible for passing a stringent gay rights ordinance for the city. On November 27, 1978, Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, another city supervisor who had recently resigned but wanted his job back. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Harvey Milk
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Politician, Businessperson
Ethnicity:
Jewish people
Religion:
Judaism
Date of Birth:
May 22, 1930
Astrological Sign:
Gemini
Date of Death:
November 27, 1978
Age at Death:
48
Cause of Death:
Firearm, Assassination
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