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Harvey Milk Gay Democratic Club "The 1981 Celebration of the Birthday and Life of Harvey Milk."

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09871.14 Author/Creator: Harvey Milk Gay Democratic Club Place Written: San Francisco, California Type: Newspaper Date: May 1981 Pagination: 8 p. ; 44.3 x 28.9 cm.

One newspaper entitled, "The 1981 Celebration of the Birthday and Life of Harvey Milk," dated May 1981. Item commemorates what would have been Harvey Milk's 51st birthday. Contains paid advertisements by ACLU, California politicians, restaurants and other political organizations paying their respects; programming for his birthday celebration; and a photo essay which would be part of a slide exhibit at City Hall.

Harvey Milk (1930-1978) born in Woodmere, New York was the first openly gay American politician to be elected to an official position in California's history. He had moved to San Francisco in 1972. While in office, Milk was able to pass a bill that banned discrimination in housing and employment based on someone's sexual orientation. In November 27, 1978, he and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, a former city employee who had wanted his job back after a failed venture in the private sector.

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