Harvey Milk

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As an openly gay man, Harvey Milk demonstrated the importance of political organizing and gaining a voice in the dialogue.

  • COMPASSION: Gay rights was certainly important in Harvey’s political platform. But, he also used his power to address the concerns of all communities in San Francisco. He focused on issues like child care, housing, and police accountability.
  • COLLABORATION: Even though Harvey lost his first two elections, he built important relationships that helped him ultimately lift up his cause and his community. His important, political friendships included those with San Francisco mayor George Moscone, Assembly speaker and future city mayor Willie Brown, and future United States senator Dianne Feinstein.
  • RESPECT: Anne Kronenberg, Harvey’s campaign manager, once said that Harvey was a visionary. She wrote that “he imagined a righteous world inside his head and then he set about to create it for real, for all of us.”
  • CELEBRATION: Harvey celebrated his own identity as a Jewish, gay man and encouraged everyone in his city to celebrate and be proud of their own identities.
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