Harvey Milk Day Commemorated at the White House with the Unveiling of the Harvey Milk Stamp

Harvey Milk stampToday 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.

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Marriage Equality Hearing for Florida Court Date Set For July 2nd, 2014

Marriage Equality Lawsuit Florida same-sex central florida orlando miami tampa jacksonville talahasseeOur Marriage Equality Lawsuit Hearing has been scheduled for July 2nd at 4pm in front of Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel.

The suit is on behalf of six South Florida same-sex couples and the Equality Florida Institute challenging that Amendment 2 and other Florida laws banning marriage equality are unconstitutional. The initial lawsuit was filed in January, and the still undecided motion to intervene was filed in February.

Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel was expected to rule May 14 on whether the Liberty Counsel can intervene in the lawsuit on behalf of three anti-gay groups, but postponed her ruling and still had not issued a decision.

For more information visit: http://eqfl.org/courtdate

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The Center’s 2nd Annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast

Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast

 

Monday, May 12th, 2014
7:30am – 9:00am

DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown
60 South Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando, Florida 32804

Tickets Available Online
http://www.harveymilkorlando.com

Come and Join Human Right Advocate Stuart Milk, The Center, MBA Orlando, and Watermark for the 2nd Annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast in Central Florida.

This year, honoring:
JOHN MORGAN, MORGAN & MORGAN
JIM PHILIPS, REAL RADIO
MARTHA HAYNIE, ORANGE COUNTY COMPTROLLER

The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast is designed to bring together more than 300 individuals from all walks of life – business, labor, Democrats, Republicans, all communities, all ages, all residents of Central Florida who support equality and justice – to celebrate the memory of this influential civil rights activist.

Tickets are $49 ($44 for MBA and THE CENTER members) and are available for purchase online at: http://www.harveymilkorlando.com

Differing Views: Art Show At The Center

 

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GLBT Community Center of Central Florida

946 N Mills Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803

It’s the Opening Reception of “DIffering Views:Art at The Center” featuring the art and photographs of Lee Vandergrift! You’re invited to stop in and meet Lee. Complimentary lite bites; beer and wine available for sale.