For Immediate Release
The Legacy of Harvey Milk
WASHINGTON - Tomorrow is Harvey Milk Day in California. Celebrations and actions
are taking place across the country in recognition of Milk, who was
assassinated in 1978. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the
International Court System have joined forces to celebrate and
commemorate Milk's legacy by leading a grassroots campaign for a
postage stamp in honor of the slain gay leader. People can click here to write their own letter to the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee.
Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
"On Saturday, May 22, Harvey Milk would have turned 80 years old. As
San Francisco supervisor, he fought for the rights of all people, and
this includes job discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender people. Today, 32 years after Milk's death, we are
still fighting for those same protections at the federal level, as
spotlighted this week by the nationwide actions
demanding congressional passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination
Act. That we are still fighting for such fundamental rights is an
outrage, but the example and spirit of Harvey Milk continue to inspire
us and others who believe in our common humanity and refuse to accept
second-class status. This is the powerful, profound and lasting legacy
of Harvey Milk."
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, building the organizational capacity of our movement and generating groundbreaking research through our Policy Institute.