Today is Harvey Milk Day, and the United States Postal Service and the Harvey Milk Foundation will be holding a first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp at the White House, and anyone who wants to watch can stream the entire ceremony live.
There’ll be appearances from U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator Tammy Baldwin, Representative John Lewis, Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman, and the Co-Founders of the Harvey Milk Foundation, Stuart Milk and Anne Kronenberg.
Stuart Milk, the nephew of Harvey Milk, has released a statement explaining the importance of the event and the stamp:
“As letters and postcards are sent across the nation and around the globe, they can now bear the face of a man who gave his life in the struggle for human rights to ensure equality for every minority group and marginalized community. The Harvey Milk Forever Stamp, which further memorializes Harvey’s legacy of hope, is a gift to help us all remember where we’ve been and the work we still need to do.”
He also took the opportunity to thank President Obama and others for their work in promoting diversity:
“The Milk family thanks President Obama and other allies and champions of LGBT inclusive diversity as exemplified by Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, all of the LGBT leaders who have stood on uncle Harvey’s shoulders to run for and serve openly in public office, and each and every LGBT individual who go about their daily life with authenticity, refusing to hide who they are and who they love. Together, all of us, continue to move humanity forward, bending that arc of the moral universe ever closer to justice.”
Milk was one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States, winning a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He was tragically assassinated along with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone on Nov. 27, 1978, and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2009. That followed 2008′s Oscar-winning biopic, Milk, in which he was portrayed by Sean Penn.
The dedication ceremony starts at noon PST and will be streaming live from the White House website. There will also be a public dedication event at San Francisco City Hall on May 28, with more details to be announced. You can now order the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp online from the Postal Service.