The US Postal Service confirmed Thursday that it will issue a postage stamp in 2014 to honor slain LGBT rights advocate Harvey Milk. This will be the first time a US stamp features an openly gay elected official.
Harvey Milk was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California when he won his seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Milk was in office for only 11 months before he was assassinated by Dan White, another city supervisor who had recently resigned. White also killed the city’s mayor, George Moscone, in the same attack.
Milk’s nephew Stuart, the co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation, made the announcement about the postage stamp on the Foundation’s Facebook page on Thursday. Stuart Milk is a global LGBT rights activist who has consistently spoken out about the deteriorating human rights situation in Russia and the former Soviet bloc countries, including Lithuania, where he recently participated in the Baltic Pride march.
In July, 2013, it was confirmed that the Milk family traces its roots back to Lithuania. Harvey Milk’s grandfather, Mausche Milch, arrived in the US in 1897 from Kaunas.
According to the Harvey Milk Foundation, the image, text and other details that will appear on the US postage stamp have not yet been released.
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