The nation celebrated Harvey Milk Day on the famous openly gay politician’s birthday this past Sunday. He would have been 81 years old this week, had he not been killed by former fellow-San Francisco City Supervisor, Dan White.
Harvey Milk is often lauded as the first openly gay elected official in America – and he’s certainly an important and historical figure – but the claim that he was the first is false. In fact, Harvey was the fifth openly gay elected official in the U.S. Ann Arbor’s Kathy Kozachenko was actually the first, just 3 years before Harvey.
The Victory Fund’s Gay Politics Blog has more on the four openly gay elected officials that preceded the famous Mr. Milk.
Even though he was not the first, Harvey is one of the most outspoken and charismatic public figures the LGBTQ community has ever seen. His legacy should continue to be celebrated for years to come.