The White House will celebrate Harvey Milk Day on May 22 with the dedication of the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp.
The stamp image is based on a circa 1977 black-and-white photograph of Milk in front of his Castro Street Camera store in San Francisco taken by Daniel Nicoletta of Grants Pass, Oregon.
Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, Virginia, was art director for the stamp.
Those expected to attend the White House ceremony include:
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin
United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
U.S. Rep. John Lewis
City Councilmember Evan Low of Campbell, California
Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman
Harvey Milk Foundation president and founder Stuart Milk
Harvey Milk Foundation co-founder Anne Kronenberg
Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute president Chuck Wolfe
Singer-songwriter Mary Lambert
Another celebration will take place in California on May 28.
Milk was a visionary leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977.
The postal service said Milk’s “achievements gave hope and confidence to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination.”
Milk believed that government should represent all citizens, ensuring equality and providing needed services.
Less than a year after he took office in California, Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were assassinated on Nov. 27, 1978.
In 2009, Milk was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
Customers may order the Harvey Milk stamp now through this link.
Harvey Milk Day is observed in California. May 22 is Milk’s birthday.