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Academy Award Winning Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black to Testify in Favor of Harvey Milk Day Bill

SACRAMENTO - Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award winning screenwriter of the film Milk will
testify before the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday in support
of legislation establishing Harvey Milk Day in California. Senate Bill
572, sponsored by Equality California and authored by Sen. Mark Leno
(D- San Francisco), creates a day of special significance on Milk’s
birthday, May 22.

Testimony in Support of Harvey Milk Day Legislation
Senate Education Committee

Dustin Lance Black, “Milk” Screenwriter and Academy Award Winner
Geoff Kors, Executive Director, Equality California
Senator Mark Leno

Wednesday, May 6
9 a.m.

State Capitol
John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)

Harvey Milk, a former San Francisco City supervisor, was the first
openly gay elected official of any large city in the United States, and
only the third openly gay elected official in the nation. He and San
Francisco Mayor George Moscone were assassinated in San Francisco on
November 27, 1978. His life was the subject of last year’s
critically-acclaimed film Milk, for which both Black and actor Sean Penn received the Academy Award. 


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