Harvey Milk Stamp to Debut at The White House

Monday Apr 14, 2014

WASHINGTON - The official first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp will take place at the White House on May 22.

Harvey Milk was a visionary leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S. 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 remarkable career was tragically cut short nearly a year after he took office, when he and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were assassinated.
In 2009, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

May 22 is Harvey Milk Day in California.

The stamp image will be previewed at a later date and a public dedication ceremony will take place in San Francisco May 28. Additional details will be forthcoming.


  • Wayne M., 2014-04-14 21:44:40

    I look forward to adding this stamp to my collection. Harvey Milk is not only a hero for LGBT people, but he is also a hero for any person or group defending their human, civil and equality rights. He is also a role model for young people because of his courage in standing up for what is right and just.

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