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This year Harvey Milk Day will be marked with several events here in Sacramento.
Harvey Milk was a leader in the gay rights movement who was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. This made him the nation’s first openly gay man elected to public office in a major U.S. city. Milk, along with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone was assassinated by ousted Supervisor Dan White, November 27, 1978.
On October 12, 2009, Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill (SB 572) establishing “Harvey Milk Day” to take place each May 22nd, Milk’s birthday. This year, during the week of May 21 – 25, schools are encouraged to educate students about a leader whose courageous work helped to end discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning community in the 1970’s and set the stage for many of advances of civil rights today.
Two places to research Harvey Milk and order resource materials are the Gay Straight Alliance Network web site and a workbook for grades 5-12 titled, “A Celebration of Harvey Milk” by Sacramento 5th grade teacher, Angela F. Luna.
An early event happens May 15th. The Harvey Milk Foundation and Equality California host’s a celebration at The California Museum, 1020 O Street, Sacramento. A VIP, $100 a person reception begins at 5:30pm. The public is invited to attend a FREE discussion of the FAIR Education Act from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. An after-party is scheduled at Hot Italian. For more information and tickets visit the Harvey Milk Foundation.
On Tuesday, Harvey Milk Day, May 22nd, there are three major events scheduled. The public can attend all three if they wish, making it a full Harvey Milk Day for the whole family.
The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus will be on the west steps of the California State Capitol building at 4:00pm where they will premiere the new Harvey Milk Day Anthem: “Give ‘Em Hope!”. This is a free event.
From 6-8pm, Equality Action NOW (EAN), a local grassroots civil rights organization is hosting their 3rd Annual Harvey Milk Day Celebration at Mulvaney’s Next Door to the B&L, 1215 19th Street, Sacramento from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. During a short program, special guest, California Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) who sponsored the bill that created Harvey Milk Day will receive EAN’s “Spirit of Harvey Milk” award. Five other community members will also receive the award.
The staff at Mulvany’s will provide a delicious buffet. Local popular spoken word entertainer; Jovi Radtke will perform an original piece especially for the event. An after-party is being planned for Badlands in Midtown Sacramento. Tickets are $25 online at the Equality Action NOW web site through May 19th and $30 at the door. For more information contact Event Coordinator, Chris Packey at email@example.com.
Beginning at 8:0pm, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus makes a stop on their “California Freedom Tour 2012” with the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus as their special guests. The chorus will perform at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Ave., Sacramento. The concert will benefit the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center. Tickets are $35 reserved, $25 general, $10 students and seniors. At the door it will be $40/$30/$10. Reserve your seats at the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center's web site.