U.S. to dedicate Harvey Milk stamp

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Harvey Milk on the new Forever stamp.

Time to find a pen pal in Finland.

On Harvey Milk Day, which is a state holiday in California on May 22, the White House will hold a ceremony to dedicate the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp.

Milk, according to a news release from the U.S. Postal Service, was a "visionary leader." He was one of the first openly gay elected officials in the country, winning a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. A year after he took office, he and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone killed by former Supervisor Dan White.

Milk believed that government should represent all citizens, ensuring equality and providing needed services, according to the post office's announcement.

In 2009, Milk was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

A second dedication ceremony for the stamp will take place in San Francisco on May 28.

Meanwhile, Itella, the Finnish postal service, has announced a line of stamps featuring the work of Tom of Finland aka Touko Laaksonen.

A statement from Itella said, "His emphatically masculine homoerotic drawings have attained iconic status in their genre and had an influence on, for instance, pop culture and fashion. In his works, Tom of Finland utilized the self-irony and humor typical of subcultures. …The drawings on the stamp sheet represent strong and confident male figures typical of their designer.” 

A petition is circulating that calls on the service in Finland to remove the ToF stamps from circulation.