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Harvey Milk Will Be First Openly Gay Elected Official on a Stamp – MMXLII

Harvey Milk Will Be First Openly Gay Elected Official on a Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service released the design of a new stamp commemorating the gay rights activist and American politician Harvey Milk on Monday. It will be the first to feature an openly gay politician.

Milk made history when he won a spot on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, becoming the first elected official to openly identify as gay. He was assassinated the following year by Dan White, another city supervisor who had recently stepped down but wanted his job back. He was also the subject of the 2008 biographical film Milk, starring Sean Penn.

The stamp, which was first revealed in Linn’s Stamp News, will feature a black-and-white photo of the politician along with his name and the rainbow colors which represent the LGBT pride flag.

It will first be issued on May 22, which is also Harvey Milk Day.

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