Designating May 22 as “Harvey Milk Day”

Resolution Number SAC09.02

Designating May 22 as “Harvey Milk Day”

WHEREAS, Harvey Milk was born on May 22, 1930 and settled in the Castro District of San Francisco, California in 1972, and was a community leader and an early advocate of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT), and in 1977 was elected as the District 5 Supervisor for the City and County of San Francisco, becoming the first openly gay elected official of any large U.S. city; and

WHEREAS, Harvey Milk, during his term as Supervisor, successfully passed an important gay rights ordinance and was instrumental in defeating Proposition 6, which would have banned gays and lesbians from teaching in California public schools; and

WHEREAS, Harvey Milk was assassinated in 1978, cutting short a life that would have been devoted to the ongoing fight for gay rights and denying the people of California and the nation the benefits of his passion and vigorous advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community;

that the California Democratic Party strongly supports designating May 22 as “Harvey Milk Day” and we encourage all Californians to support meaningful discussion and dialogue about the accomplishments of Harvey Milk and the contributions he made to the State of California, and to advance tolerance, acceptance, and equal rights for all.

Submitted by Bob Mulholland; California DNC Members (Partial List)

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Adopted by the Democratic State Central Committee of California
AKA "California Democratic Party"
At its Annual State Convention
Sacramento Convention Center
April 26, 2009

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