Forty years ago this week, San Francisco adopted the most sweeping gay rights protections of any city in the country. Known as the Human Rights Ordinance, it banned discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing, and public accommodations in the private sector. With the stroke of his pen at a City Hall signing ceremony April 11,then-mayor George Moscone signed the historic measure into law.
Born in New York ingay rights activist and community leader Harvey Milk made history when he became one of the first openly gay officials in the United States inwhen he was elected to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors. He was tragically shot and killed the following year, and numerous books and films have been made about his life. Reared in a small middle-class Jewish family, Milk was one of two boys born to William and Minerva Milk.
His election was a landmark event. The reason? Harvey Milk was gay, and his election was the first of an openly gay elected official in the United States.
All this smacks of non sequitur in the same way that Dan White claiming that sweets made him kill did. White successfully lobbied Feinstein, who had an antagonistic relationship with Milk, to appoint Milk to a committee chairmanship that he coveted. The association between the two figures upends the narrative portraying White as a right-winger out to settle ideological scores. Like Feinstein, he supported gun control he sometimes carried a firearm himself.
Dan White, the man convicted of shooting to death Mayor George Moscone of San Francisco and fellow Supervisor Harvey Milk incommitted suicide today, the police said. White, who was 39 years old, was found in a car in the garage of a house owned by his wife in San Francisco's middle-class Excelsior district. Officers investigating Mr.
Harvey Bernard Milk May 22, — November 27, was an American politician and the first openly gay elected official in the history of Californiawhere he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Although he was the most pro- LGBT politician in the United States at the time, politics and activism were not his early interests; he was neither open about his sexuality nor civically active until he was 40, after his experiences in the counterculture movement of the s. He took advantage of the growing political and economic power of the neighborhood to promote his interests and unsuccessfully ran three times for political office.
Dan White wanted his job back. Days after resigning his position as one of San Francisco's eleven supervisors, he had second thoughts, and asked Mayor George Moscone to reappoint him. When he learned the Mayor would not honor his request, White went to City Hall and gunned down both the mayor and San Francisco's first gay supervisor, Harvey Milk.
On November 18,Harvey Milk distributed a secret tape recording to a select network of close friends. White killed Milk because, he claimed, the city was being turned into Sodom by men who insisted on flaunting their homosexuality in public. This was essentially because he was living a double life. Both died knowing nothing of his sexual identity.
This ABC7 special report, shown in its entirety, gives a glimpse into what gay life was like in San Francisco in On Nov. Here's a look at ABC7's report the day of the assassinations.
Former Supervisor Dan White, the assassin of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, committed suicide in the garage of his home here Monday, just about one month short of the seventh anniversary of the sensational slayings. White, 39, had called his brother, asking him to come over in the afternoon. Three handwritten notes were found taped to the car, one to his brother, another to his mother and a third to his wife of nine years, Mary Ann, 43, who was teaching at the Treasure Island Naval Base at the time the suicide was discovered. On Nov.