Posted by Melanie Nathan, May 20, 2011
San Francisco – This Sunday, May 22, marks the second annual Harvey Milk Day, the first official State Day of Recognition for an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) person in our nation’s history. In 2010, Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law the Harvey Milk Day bill, sponsored by Equality California and authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco).
In honor of Harvey Milk Day, Equality California Interim Executive Director Jim Carroll issued the following statement:
“At a time when society forced many to lead fearful, closeted lives, Harvey Milk dared to hope for a time when LGBT people could live freely and equally. Harvey knew that the only way to change hearts and minds was for LGBT people and their allies to come out, and to share our stories.
“Equality California worked hard with Senator Leno to pass the Harvey Milk Day bill so that a new generation of Californians could be inspired by Harvey’s life and work. This year, we teamed up again with Senator Leno to pass the FAIR Education Act, which would include the historical contributions of LGBT leaders like Harvey Milk in the classroom. We believe the FAIR Education Act embodies Harvey’s legacy of living our lives truthfully in order to foster acceptance.”
Harvey Milk Day Celebration
WHAT: Equality California is hosting its Second Annual Harvey Milk Day celebration in honor of Harvey Milk’s invaluable contributions to the LGBT movement for equality. Join Equality California’s incoming Executive Director Roland Palencia, State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and special guest Madison Hildebrand of BRAVO’s Million Dollar Listing to commemorate Harvey’s life and legacy at the private Bel-Air estate of six-time Emmy Award-winning producer and director Shelley Curtis Litvack. Enjoy summer cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a beautiful view from this exclusive property.
WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., VIP Reception 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
WHO: Confirmed guests include U.S. Congresswomen Judy Chu and Maxine Waters, U.S. Ambassador Sidney Williams, California State Senator Kevin De León, California State Assemblymember Warren Furutani, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom, West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore Jeffrey Prang, and Los Angeles City Councilmembers Bill Rosendahl and Paul Koretz.
To purchase tickets, visit www.eqca.org/harveymilkla
To learn more about Equality California-sponsored legislation, please visit: www.eqca.org/legislation
Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights advocacy organization in California. Over the past decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for LGBT individuals to a state with some of the most comprehensive civil rights protections in the nation. Equality California has passed more than 70 pieces of legislation and continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org