A lifelong activist for the rights of marginalized people,Harvey Milk was a leader in the gay rights movement of the 1970s. The son of Lithuanian Jewish immigrants, Milk was born in Woodmere, New York but moved to San Francisco as a young adult. In 1978, he became the first openly gay man elected to a major public office in the United States. That same year, he was assassinated. Despite his tragically short career in politics, Milk remains an icon in San Francisco and is considered “a martyr for gay rights” worldwide. His legacy of working for the civil rights of all and building coalitions among diverse groups continues to inspire and inform social justice work today.
This poster is part of the LGBT Jewish Heroes Poster Series, celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews who have transformed the world through their words and lives. Harvey Milk, Kate Bornstein, and Lesléa Newman are the first three subjects in this poster series of Jewish LGBT changemakers. Each has shown the courage, vision, and conviction to overcome homophobia and transphobia and make a lasting impact on the world.
The 18×24 posters are perfect for synagogues, day schools, Hebrew schools, Hillels, JCCs, GSAs, LGBT centers and any institution or organization that wants to create an inclusive environment. Learn more about the project at lgbtjewishheroes.org.