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Harvey Milk was an American politician who stood up for homosexual rights and the first gay person to be elected in public office in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He is hailed as one of the greatest heroes of the 20th Century.
Harvey Milk was born May 22, 1930 in Woodmere, New York. When he grew up, he moved from New York City to settle in San Francisco in 1972 amid a migration of gay men to the Castro District. Although Milk wasn't interested in politics and gay activism earlier, he participated in civic matters until around the age of forty after having experiences in the counterculture of the 1960s. He ran unsuccessfully for political office three times while standing up for the rights of homosexuals. After serving eleven months in office, Milk was assassinated, but he became an icon for the gay community.
Harvey Milk remains one of the first gay political leaders of the United States in the 1970s. He was portrayed in the 2008 film Milk by Sean Penn, who garnered an Academy Award for his performance.
He and city Mayor George Moscone were shot in the City Hall on Monday, November 27, 1978. Their murderer, Dan White, another city supervisor at the time, fled after the occult and turned himself into the city Police Department and was found guilty of manslaughter, and was sentenced to seven years in prison.