Skip to Content

Celebrating Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Community

FLASHBACK: Harvey Milk Is Elected To The San Francisco Board Of Supervisors (November 8, 1977)

NOVEMBER 1977 IN LGBTQ HISTORY: Harvey Milk is elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors…
 
Having unsuccessfully run for public office three times, Harvey Milk became the first openly gay person to be elected to a significant public office when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on November 8, 1977. He insisted on being sworn in on the steps of City Hall surrounded by his supporters after marching from the Castro for the event.
 
Shortly before Election Day, Milk was quoted as saying, “I think of the 14-year-old boy or girl in Des Moines who realizes his or her own homosexuality. The parents throw them around. Schoolmates taunt them. The state calls them criminals. They may end up being alcoholic closet cases—but one day, they’re going to open up a paper and see that an openly gay person was elected to the San Francisco Board. That’s going to give them hope.” Hope became the main theme of his brief time in office.
 
Milk was shot to death in his City Hall office on November 27, 1978, by Dan White, a conservative anti-gay former supervisor who also murdered Mayor George Moscone.
 

Related Articles

FLASHBACK: k.d. lang Comes Out On The Cover Of The Advocate Magazine (June 16, 1992)

Today in LGBTQ+ history: Against their label’s wishes, k.d. lang publicly came out as a lesbian on June 16, 1992, in a cover story with The Advocate magazine that ended earlier speculation about their sexuality

02 March 2022 / Flashback Latest Life

FLASHBACK: Landmark Human Rights Decision Rules The City Of Hamilton Was Discriminatory (March 2, 1995)

Today in LGBTQ+ history…   An Ontario Human Rights Commission decision that was released on March 2, 1995, found that then Hamilton Mayor Bob Morrow discriminated against homosexuals by refusing...

17 January 2022 / Entertainment Flashback Latest

FLASHBACK: Gabrielle Tremblay Becomes The First Transgender Woman Actor To Be Nominated At The Canadian Screen Awards (January 17, 2017)

Today in LGBTQ+ history…   On the morning of January 17, 2017, Quebec’s Gabrielle Tremblay made Canadian history when the Academy Of Canadian Cinema & Television rolled out the film,...

POST A COMMENT

Your email address will not be published.