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(1930 - 1978)

Harvey Milk was the first openly gay person to hold public office in California when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. 

Mr. Milk moved to San Francisco's Castro District in the early 1970s and quickly became involved in local politics, particularly on issues that involved the LGBT community.

During his short time in office Mr. Milk was able to pass the city's first gay rights ordinance. He was murdered by another city employee after only serving 11 months in office.

"What set Harvey apart from you or me was that he was a visionary," said his friend and campaign manager Anne Kronenberg. "He imagined a righteous world inside his head and then he set about to create it for real, for all of us."

You can read more about his life and legacy at http://milkfoundation.org/.
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