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Got Harvey Milk? Californians to Celebrate Slain Civic Leader on May 22

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Harvey Milk would have been 81 this May 22nd. In honor of the slain San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Governor Jerry Brown has declared his birthday "Harvey Milk Day" in California. "I call on all Californians to observe the 81st anniversary of Harvey Milk’s birth with appropriate ceremonies and activities," said Brown in his declaration.

Last year, for the first time, May 22 was declared by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as a day to honor Milk, and there were numerous local celebrations. On Saturday, May 21, Equality CA will host a celebratory event at a private home that will include the participation of politicians and other public figures. A Harvey Milk Day Facebook page includes information about other celebrations around the state. In Long Beach, a proposal was put forth earlier this week to name a park in Milk's honor.

In 1977, Milk became the first openly gay man in the nation's history to be elected to public office. His life was cut short just 11 months later when he was assassinated, along with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, by fellow Supervisor Dan White. Milk's enduring legacy has been as a pioneer in the gay rights movement.