Commemorative service held in San Francisco, followed by candlelight march for Milk – the man who gave hope to the city's gay community
San Franciscans will gather today to pay tribute to gay activist Harvey Milk on the 34th anniversary of his death (27 November) with a remembrance service and candlelit vigil.
The service, organised by the Harvey Milk Foundation, will be held on the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall, and the crowds will be joined by the families of Milk and Mayor George Moscone, who was killed in the same attack.
There will be a candlelight march to 575 Castro Street, the former location of Harvey Milk’s shop, Castro Camera, which is now a store for the Human Rights Campaign. The march is to commemorate the spontaneous march held on the night of the shootings.
Harvey Milk is famed for being one of the first openly gay men to hold public office in the United States. He served almost 11 months in office, before being assassinated by former city Supervisor Dan White.
White was convicted of manslaughter for the deaths of Milk and Mayor Moscone, and served five years in prison.
A film based on the life of Harvey Milk was released in 2008, with Sean Penn playing the lead role. It explains how he helped organize the gay community of San Francisco in the 1970s to demand their rights.