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Harvey Milk Day

Harvey Milk Day
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Harvey Milk Day logo
Observed byWest Hollywood, California ; Signal Hill, California ; California, United States; Wilton Manors, Florida
DateMay 22
Related toHarvey Milk and Harvey Milk Foundation

Harvey Milk Day is organized by the Harvey Milk Foundation and celebrated each year on May 22 in memory of Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist assassinated in 1978. Harvey Milk was a prominent gay activist during the twentieth century. He ran for office three times before becoming the first openly gay person elected into California public office, where he acted as a city supervisor.[1] Harvey Milk Day came about as a day to remember and teach about Milk's life and his work to stop the discrimination against gays and lesbians.[2]

California Day of Special Significance

In California, Harvey Milk Day is recognized by the state's government as a day of special significance for public schools.[3][4] The day was established by the California legislature and signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009 after a series of petitions led by gay rights activist Daren I. Ball[5] and in the wake of the award-winning feature film Milk retracing Milk's life.[6][7][8]

Legislative history

Session Short title Bill number Date introduced Assembly Senate Governor Status Lead Author Co-Authors Sponsor References
2007-2008 Harvey Milk Day AB 2567 February 22, 2008 Passed the Assembly 45-23 Passed in the Senate 22-13 Vetoed by the Governor on September 30, 2008 Died Equality California (EQCA) [9]
2009-2010 Harvey Milk Day SB 572 February 27, 2009 Passed the Assembly 45-27 Passed in the Senate 25-12 Signed into Law by the Governor on October 11, 2009 Passed Equality California (EQCA) [10]

See also

Other LGBT related topics

Other civil rights holidays


  1. ^ "Milk (Harvey) Day | Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary - Credo Reference". Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  2. ^ Milk (Harvey) day. (2015). In H. Henderson (Ed.), Holidays, festivals & celebrations of the world dictionary: detailing more than 3,300 observances from all 50 states and more than 100 nations (5th ed.). Detroit, MI: Omnigraphics, Inc. Retrieved from
  3. ^ "Equality California: Legislature Approves Harvey Milk Day". 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  4. ^ Kristin Weigle, Harvey Milk Day: Chapter 626 Gives a Controversial Figure's Birthday Special Significance for California Public Schools, 41 McGeorge Law Review 558 (2010)
  5. ^ Thompson, Don (October 12, 2009). "Schwarzenegger creates day honoring Harvey Milk". Associated Press.
  6. ^ Tran, Mark (October 13, 2009). "Arnold Schwarzenegger signs law establishing Harvey Milk Day: California governor's move honours Harvey Milk, gay politician shot dead in 1978". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2010-11-06.
  7. ^ "Gay Rights Activist Milk Honoured". BBC News. United Kingdom: BBC. October 12, 2009.
  8. ^ "Milk (Harvey) Day | Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary - Credo Reference". Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  9. ^ 2008 "Legislation - AB 2567, Harvey Milk Day" Check |url= value (help). California: Equality California (EQCA).
  10. ^ 2009 "Legislation - SB 572, Harvey Milk Day" Check |url= value (help). California: Equality California (EQCA).

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