The Mayor of Castro Street
In 1978, Harvey Milk became the first openly gay man to be elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Joining him on the board was the first single mother (Carol Ruth Silver), the first Chinese-American (Gordon Lau), and the first African-American woman (Ella Hill Hutch). We’ve come a long way since those “firsts,” but we still have a long way to go. Today, as we honor Harvey’s legacy, let’s not forget that until we are all equal under law, the fight continues.
To learn more about the life and times of Harvey Milk, check out Randy Shilts’ biography The Mayor of Castro Street.
Photo by Daniel Nicoletta (Harvey Milk as Mayor for a Day). This file is used under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License.