The year was 1978. The LGBTQ+ community in San Francisco was reeling from the loss of their beloved leader, Harvey Milk. It was a devastating blow, but little did they know that his legacy would live on and inspire a movement that would change the course of history.

Harvey Milk was a charismatic and fearless leader who fought tirelessly for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. He was the first openly gay elected official in California, serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. But his impact was not limited to his local community – his message of love, acceptance, and equality resonated with people all over the world.

Milk's journey to becoming a prominent figure in the LGBTQ+ rights movement was not an easy one. He faced discrimination and hatred from a young age, but he refused to let it define him. Instead, he channeled his experiences into a fierce determination to create a better world for himself and others like him.

Milk's political career began in 1973 when he ran for city supervisor in San Francisco. He was unsuccessful in his first two attempts, but he didn't give up. In 1977, he ran again and this time, he won.

His victory was a monumental moment for the LGBTQ+ community. It was the first time an openly gay person had been elected to public office in California. Milk's win sent a powerful message – that the LGBTQ+ community was a force to be reckoned with and that their voices deserved to be heard.

As a supervisor, Milk wasted no time in advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. He introduced a gay rights ordinance that banned discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, employment, and public accommodations. This was a groundbreaking move at a time when being gay was still considered a crime in many parts of the world.

But Milk's fight for LGBTQ+ rights was not just limited to legislation. He used his platform to spread awareness and educate people about the struggles and discrimination faced by the community. He organized rallies and marches, and he was a vocal advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.

Milk's impact went beyond the LGBTQ+ community – he was a champion for all marginalized groups. He believed in the power of unity and worked tirelessly to bridge the gap between different communities. He famously said, "You cannot live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living."

Tragically, Milk's life was cut short when he was assassinated on November 27, 1978, along with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone. His death was a devastating blow to the LGBTQ+ community, but it only fueled their determination to continue the fight for equal rights.

In the aftermath of Milk's death, the LGBTQ+ community and their allies came together in a massive show of solidarity. Thousands of people took to the streets of San Francisco in what would become known as the "White Night Riots." They marched to City Hall, demanding justice for Milk's death and an end to the discrimination and violence faced by the LGBTQ+ community.

Milk's legacy continued to inspire people long after his death. In 2009, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. Milk's nephew, Stuart Milk, accepted the award on his behalf and said, "Harvey Milk's legacy of hope, acceptance, and equality lives on in the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world."

Milk's impact on the LGBTQ+ rights movement cannot be overstated. He paved the way for future leaders and activists to continue the fight for equal rights and acceptance. His message of love and unity continues to resonate with people today, and his legacy lives on in the countless LGBTQ+ individuals who have found the strength to stand up and be proud of who they are.

But the fight for LGBTQ+ rights is far from over. Despite the progress made over the years, there is still discrimination and violence faced by the community. In many parts of the world, being LGBTQ+ is still considered a crime, and individuals face imprisonment, violence, and even death for simply being who they are.

That's why it's important to remember Harvey Milk and the sacrifices he made for the LGBTQ+ community. His life and legacy serve as a reminder that the fight for equality and acceptance is ongoing and that we must continue to push for change.

Today, Milk's message of hope and unity is more important than ever. In a world where hate and division seem to be on the rise, we must remember that love and acceptance will always triumph. As Milk famously said, "Hope will never be silent."

So let's honor Harvey Milk's legacy by standing up for what is right and treating others with love and respect, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Let's continue the fight for LGBTQ+ rights and work towards a world where everyone is accepted for who they are. And let's never forget the man who started it all – Harvey Milk, the champion of love, acceptance, and equality.

On behalf of,,, and , we would like to thank all of those that stood up for the LGBT community. If not for you, the opportunities that we have had to be ourselves and to actually be proud of who we are would not exist, or at least exist as it does today.  We tip our rainbow color hats to each of you.

🌈Dean, Gavin, Roger, & Nancy