SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - May 22nd marks Harvey Milk's birthday. The first openly-gay elected official in California, who was assassinated in 1978 by a political rival, is honored every year with Harvey Milk Day.
The day was established by his nephew Stuart Milk and San Francisco's Harvey Milk Foundation in 2010.
The resolution lists Milk's notable contributions and officially recognizes his legacy on Harvey Milk Day 2019.
"Harvey played a critical role in creating the modern LGBT movement - our movement for equality, for dignity and to have a seat at the table," Wiener said on Wednesday.
Milk's brutal assassination, along with Mayor George Moscone at the hands of Dan White was 41 years ago. White, a former SFPD officer and firefighter wanted his supervisor's job back after he had resigned to run a small business on Pier 39.
When Mayor Moscone, in a meeting, denied White's request, he was shot and killed. White then went to Milk's City Hall office and assassinated him as well.
White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter on grounds of diminished capacity. It was the lightest possible charge. Many criticized the sentence as too lenient. The community responded with the White Night Riots, which just had its 40th anniversary this week.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the #whitenightriots in #sanfrancisco Demonstrators marched to City Hall today to commemorate the 1979 riots that happened when SF Supervisor Dan White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter —the lightest possible charge— for the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and #harveymilk Organizers today said in addition to marking the anniversary of the riots in the #castro, they’d also speak out against police violence #fromthearchives #neverforget #localhistory #theresonlyonetwo
Milk was widely honored on social media on Harvey Milk Day Wednesday.
"I served with Harvey Milk on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors until his assassination in . His relentless pursuit of equality for all continues to inspire us today. On what would have been his 89th birthday, let's celebrate what he stood for." Senator Dianne Feinstein tweeted.
"Harvey died for our community. He inspires me and so many others to fight for justice & equity," State Sen. Wiener added.
California Labor Federation touted Milk's labor union affiliation with the Teamsters. They said he worked to end gender, racial and labor discrimination at Coors beer.
Local politicians did not ignore his work. Mayor London Breed said Milk represented the underrepresented and that he left a legacy of "tolerance" and "acceptance."
Breed concluded we should be striving to advance those attributes today.
I served with Harvey Milk on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors until his assassination in 1977. His relentless pursuit of equality for all continues to inspire us today. On what would’ve been his 89th birthday, let’s celebrate what he stood for. #HarveyMilkDay— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) May 22, 2019
For 6 years, I had the deep honor of representing the district that Harvey Milk previously represented on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.— Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) May 22, 2019
Harvey died for our community. He inspires me & so many others to fight for justice & equity.
Happy birthday, Harvey. #HarveyMilkDay pic.twitter.com/ejlt8jM7Wv
Today we celebrate the life of community organizer & labor activist #HarveyMilk. Milk was the first openly gay elected official in California. He spent his life fighting for LGBT rights & formed an alliance w/ @Teamsters to end gender, racial & labor discrimination at Coors beers pic.twitter.com/I3PGs5u4OY— California Labor Federation (@CaliforniaLabor) May 22, 2019
Harvey Milk’s message of equality and opportunity for the LGBT community and those who lack representation changed our city and our country forever. He left a legacy not just of tolerance but also acceptance, which we continue to strive to advance today. #HarveyMilkDay— London Breed (@LondonBreed) May 22, 2019
#SR36, a resolution to honor #HarveyMilk, just passed 36-0! Thank you @calgbt for helping celebrate #HarveyMilkDay!— Equality California (@eqca) May 22, 2019
"Harvey played a critical role in creating the modern LGBT movement - our movement for equality, for dignity & to have a seat at the table."
“All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe & supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.”- Harvey Milk— Matthew Shepard Foundation (@MattShepardFDN) May 22, 2019
On #HarveyMilkDay, we pause to remember the pioneering gay rights activist & his work in erasing LGBTQ discrimination. pic.twitter.com/xAHmYukx23
Harvey envisioned a world where all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, are treated equally. He broke barriers and opened the door for so many to serve. While the fight to fully realize his vision continues, we continue to fight with hope. #HarveyMilkDay pic.twitter.com/RdOFCyD6zH— Asm. Todd Gloria (@AsmToddGloria) May 22, 2019