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Harvey Milk

Harvey MilkAKA Harvey Bernard Milk

Born: 22-May-1930
Birthplace: Long Island, NY [1]
Died: 27-Nov-1978
Location of death: San Francisco, CA [2]
Cause of death: Assassination
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered near Golden Gate Bridge)

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Openly gay SF city supervisor

Military service: US Navy (Korean War, 1951-55, Lt. jg)

Given the unfortunate nickname Glimpy Milch -- derived from his appearance and the name of his Lithuanian grandfather -- Milk was born Harvey Bernard Milk in Long Island. As an openly gay candidate, he was elected to San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, a position he held until he and popular Mayor George Moscone were shot to death by former policeman and city supervisor Dan White. After White was convicted of a much lesser charge than murder ("twinkie defense"), an enraged populace of San Francisco erupted in the "White Night Riot". The despondent White later committed suicide.


[1] Woodmere Hospital, Long Island, NY.

[2] City Hall, San Francisco, CA.

Father: William Milk
Mother: Minerva Eleanor Karns
Brother: Robert Milk (older)
Boyfriend: Joe Campbell (together 6 years)
Boyfriend: Craig Rodwell (gay rights activist, together 1962)
Boyfriend: Jack Galen McKinley (political activist, together 1964-69)
Boyfriend: Scott Smith (together 1972-75)
Boyfriend: Jack Lira (together 1976-78)

    High School: Bay Shore High School, Bay Shore, NY (1947)
    University: New York State College for Teachers, Albany, NY (1947-51)

    San Francisco Board of Supervisors Castro (1977-78)
    California State Official Board of Permit Appeals, San Francisco (1976)
    Bache & Company
    Presidential Medal of Freedom 12-Aug-2009 (posthumous)
    Dishonorable Discharge
    Shot San Francisco, CA (27-Nov-1978)
    Lithuanian Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Marijuana


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