By Sarah Han
Had Harvey Milk survived to this year, he would've been 84 years old today. Happy Birthday, Harvey! He was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office, but as you probably know, he served as a San Francisco supervisor for only 11 months before he and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White in 1978. And if you didn't know that, it's time to do your San Francisco homework and see Milk stat.
To celebrate the iconic gay rights San Franciscan, there are several events and milestones happening today:
Nationally, the White House will be honoring Milk at noon (3 p.m. EST); watch it live here. USPS is releasing an official Harvey Milk stamp. (And yes, good news, it's a Forever stamp.) The postage features a photograph of Milk taken by Daniel Nicoletta in front of Milk's camera store in the Castro.
Locally, the GLBT History Museum will be free tomorrow and will offer hourly docent-led tours all day of its exhibits, including one that focuses on Milk's life and death. And, if you're itching to get some of those cool stamps, you can join the "Milk Line" to buy some in person (although supplies are limited, so get in line early!) at the museum OR go to the Castro branch post office (Someone on the Milk Line for Milk Stamps Facebook page said that he called the Castro Post Office and was told by the manager, "I have 8,000 sheets available.")
At Beaux in the Castro, the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, State Assembly member Tom Ammiano, and Supervisor David Campos will host a birthday party featuring cake, cupcakes, Harvey Milk-shakes, a DJ, and more. Festivities take place from 6-9 p.m. and it's free!
If you live on the other side of the bay, Skyline Community Church in Oakland will host a free screening of Milk and even offer free dinner! Here's that chance to (re)watch Milk. The event takes place tonight from 7-9 p.m.