White House to dedicate Harvey Milk stamp
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White House to dedicate Harvey Milk stamp

Jewish politician was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the US

The Harvey Milk commemorative Stamp, to be issued May 22, 2014 (Photo credit: JTA)
The Harvey Milk commemorative Stamp, to be issued May 22, 2014 (Photo credit: JTA)

WASHINGTON — The White House will dedicate a Harvey Milk stamp on its first day of issue.

The “forever” stamp — valid for first class postage even in the event of price hikes — will be issued May 22, the White House said Thursday in a statement.

It features a photo of Milk, a Jew and member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, taken in 1977, the year he made history when he became the first openly gay elected official from a major city in the United States.

“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,” the US postal service said in a statement.

In November of 1978, Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were shot and killed by a former colleague of Milk’s on the board of supervisors.

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