Harvey Milk Day is May 22: Gay Advocates Will Honor Fallen Hero
In October of 2009, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill into law, AB 2567, which designated May 22 as officially "Harvey Milk Day".
Milk was a gay activist and San Francisco supervisor - the first openly gay man to be elected to public office - who was assassinated in 1978. Sean Penn portrayed him in the widely critically acclaimed 2008 film, "Milk". Awards for "Milk" included the Golden Globes awards, the Academy Awards, MTV awards, and many more.
Capping a remarkable year for slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill to create a state day of recognition for Milk, making him only the second Californian, after naturalist John Muir, to receive the honor.
The governor signed the measure along with new laws to help gay and lesbian people in the state, including a measure giving same-sex couples legally married in other states all the rights of marriage in California.
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