Harvey Milk Day Celebrates Life, Work of First Openly Gay US Official

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Avowed homosexual, Supervisor Harvey Milk, who was shot and killed along with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone at City Hall 11/27, sits outside his camera shop in a November 9, 1977 photo. Dan White, who recently resigned from the board and then sought reappointment, turned himself in to police shortly after the shooting. Milk was the leader of the opposition to White's reappointment.
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San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, left, and Mayor George Moscone are shown in April 1977 in the mayor's office during the signing of the city's gay rights bill.
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Supervisor Harvey Milk sits outside his camera shop in a Nov. 9, 1977 photo.
Harvey Milk poses in front of his camera shop in San Francisco in this Nov. 9, 1977 photo.
In this file photo from June 26, 1978, San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk is seen in San Francisco's seventh annual gay freedom parade in San Francisco.
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Supervisor Harvey Milk called the press together in San Francisco on Oct. 20, 1978 to demonstrate (using artificial dog droppings) how pet owners could obey the city’s new anti-litter law, left, by scooping up the dropping. All went well until Supervisor Milk found he had accidentally stepped into some real dog dropping.
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The body of Supervisor Harvey Milk is wheeled from his chambers at City Hall, after he and Mayor George Moscone were shot and killed here 11/27. Former Supervisor Dan White was held as a suspect in the shootings.
More than 25,000 persons jammed the park and streets around San Francisco?s City Hall in morning, Monday, Nov. 28, 1978 in a spontaneous demonstration of grief for slain Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. The two city officials were gunned down in their offices at City Hall. The candle carrying crowd listened to talks by acting Mayor Diane Feinstein and police chief Charles Gain and songs by Joan Bazz.
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A crowd of 12,000 carried flickering candles here, as they marched from Castro Street to City Hall to honor slain Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, (shown in portrait), on Nov. 27, 1979. In foreground is Moscone's daughter, Jennifer, 22, (light coat), as she leads parade with Cleve Cleveland, Harvey Milk's former assistant.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., center right, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, left, and Stuart Milk, nephew for Harvey Milk, right, applaud during a dedication and unveiling of the bust of Harvey Milk in San Francisco, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008.
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Katie Shea, at right, holds a picture of slain politician Harvey Milk as people watch court proceedings on a giant screen during a demonstration on the issue of Proposition 8 in San Francisco, Thursday, March 5, 2009. California Supreme Court justices heard arguments Thursday on lawsuits seeking to overturn the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex nuptials as thousands of people demonstrated outside the courthouse. Gay rights advocates are urging the court to overturn Proposition 8 on the grounds it was put before voters improperly, or at least prematurely.
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