May 22nd 2010 will mark the first annual Harvey Milk Day in California. The day celebrates the birthday and life of Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in a major US city. Elected to the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco in 1977, Milk became an inspiration to young and old within the LGBT community representing a chance for equality for so many who felt disenfranchised by bigotry and hate due to their sexual orientation. Harvey instantly became a prominent leader in the LGBT civil rights movement, opening doors of acceptance which had been closed to so many nationwide.
In November of the following year, Harvey Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were both fatally shot and killed by a former city supervisor Dan White.
Thirty-two years later, cities around California celebrate the legacy Harvey Milk has left on the LGBT community and their allies. Throughout the rest of the week, Sacramento will host several events honoring the late Harvey Milk.
Here is a look at some of the many events being held in the Sacramento area to celebrate the life of Harvey Milk.
May 22, 2010
Harvey Milk Day March and Rally
West steps of the State Capitol Building,
10th and L Streets
Celebrate Harvey Milks 80th birthday at this free, family-friendly event at the State Capitol. Voices from the past, present, and future are the main themes and speakers representing each will speak to the meaning Harvey Milk has for them personally.
Invited guests include adult and youth speakers from the community as well as entertainment. Highlighting the entertainment will be members of the cast of Broadway Sacramento’s production of A Chorus Line.
Additional entertainers will include Irina Rivkin, Outmusic Awards Recipient, Small Differences Woman’s Choral Ensemble, and local artists Cooper Rae, Jovi Ratke and C. Foster.
A special children’s section close to the front will be set up so they can easily see and hear the event unfolding before them. Activities for the children will be provided.
The event is sponsored by Equality Action Now, Outword Magazine, Uptown Studios, Stephan’s Auto Haus, Rainbow Chamber, SIGLFF, EQCA, FACES, B’nai Israel, and Badlands and Depot.
Harvey Milk Day Family Gathering & Fun
Gay and Lesbian Center
1927 L Street
After the Rally and March the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center will hold an Open House. Sponsored by Congregation B’nai Israel, an exhibit about Harvey Milk’s early cultural and religious life will be on display. This will be a great time for visitors during the Open House to learn about California’s Pride Festival here in Sacramento, volunteering opportunities and how to become a member of the Center.
Harvey Milk Day After-Party Activities
Midtown – K Street and 21st Streets – 6-10pm
After the Rally and visiting the Gay and Lesbian Center, choose a favorite visit the Badlands or barhop to the beat of music filling the streets in celebration of California’s first Harvey Milk Day.
Equality Action Now volunteers will be at the door of Badlands, Depot and Headhunters asking for donations to help cover the cost of the events.
For more information about Harvey Milk Day Events here in Sacramento visit www.EqualityActionNow.org, email email@example.com or call (916) 446-1082.