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The legacy of Harvey Milk

Date: 
May 21, 2010

MEDIA CONTACT:
Inga Sarda-Sorensen
Director of Communications
(Office) 646.358.1463
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WASHINGTON, May 21 — Tomorrow is Harvey Milk Day in California. Celebrations and actions are taking place across the country in recognition of Milk, who was assassinated in 1978. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the International Court System have joined forces to celebrate and commemorate Milk's legacy by leading a grassroots campaign for a postage stamp in honor of the slain gay leader. People can click here to write their own letter to the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

"On Saturday, May 22, Harvey Milk would have turned 80 years old. As San Francisco supervisor, he fought for the rights of all people, and this includes job discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Today, 32 years after Milk's death, we are still fighting for those same protections at the federal level, as spotlighted this week by the nationwide actions demanding congressional passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. That we are still fighting for such fundamental rights is an outrage, but the example and spirit of Harvey Milk continue to inspire us and others who believe in our common humanity and refuse to accept second-class status. This is the powerful, profound and lasting legacy of Harvey Milk."

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