Biography template: Harvey Milk Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Harvey Milk Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Harvey Milk Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Harvey Milk Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Harvey Milk Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: Harvey Milk Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)

Harvey Milk Biography

The Powerful LGBT Activists

Harvey Milk

Born On: May 22, 1930 Woodmere, New York, U.S

Political party: Republican (before 1972) | Democratic (1972–1978)

Education: State University of New York, Albany (BA)

Awards: Presidential Medal of Freedom

Who is Harvey Milk?

Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) was an American politician and the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Milk was born and raised in New York where he acknowledged his homosexuality as an adolescent, but chose to pursue sexual relationships with secrecy and discretion well into his adult years. His experience in the counterculture of the 1960s caused him to shed many of his conservative views about individual freedom and the expression of sexuality. Milk moved to San Francisco in 1972 and opened a camera store. Although he had been restless, holding an assortment of jobs and moving house frequently, he settled in The Castro, a neighborhood that was experiencing a mass immigration of gay men and lesbians. He was compelled to run for city supervisor in 1973, though he encountered resistance from the existing gay political establishment. His campaign was compared to theater; he was brash, outspoken, animated, and outrageous, earning media attention and votes, although not enough to be elected.

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Early Career Of Harvey Milk

Milk was born in the New York City suburb of Woodmere, to William Milk and Minerva Karns. He was the younger son of Lithuanian Jewish parents and the grandson of Morris Milk, a department store owner who helped to organize the first synagogue in the area. As a child, Harvey was teased for his protruding ears, big nose, and oversized feet, and tended to grab attention as a class clown. While he was in school, he played football and developed a passion for opera. Under his name in the high school yearbook, it read, "Glimpy Milk—and they say WOMEN are never at a loss for words". Milk graduated from Bay Shore High School in Bay Shore, New York, in 1947 and attended New York State College for Teachers in Albany (now the State University of New York at Albany) from 1947 to 1951, majoring in mathematics. He also wrote for the college newspaper. One classmate remembered, "He was never thought of as a possible queer—that's what you called them then—he was a man's man".

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