The Postal Service is honoring Harvey Milk with a Forever stamp today during a special ceremony at the White House. You can watch it live on streaming video at 3 p.m. ET today. Here’s a link to the White House Blog:
Harvey Milk (1930-1978) was a visionary leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Milk’s achievements gave hope and confidence to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination. Milk believed that government should represent all citizens, ensuring equality and providing needed services.
His political career was tragically cut short less than a year after he took office in California when he and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were assassinated on Nov. 27, 1978.
In 2009, Milk was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
You can purchase the stamp now at this link: