Family, admirers and political leaders gathered at the White House in Washington on Thursday to unveil a new U.S. postage stamp commemorating slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk.
The first-day-of-issue dedication took place on what would have been
In California, where May 22 is Harvey Milk Day, the stamps were "selling briskly," a post office spokesman told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Close to a dozen speakers, including Stuart Milk, cofounder of the Harvey Milk Foundation and Harvey's nephew, and House Minority Leader
"The tiny ripples that began more than 40 years ago began a tidal wave that swept through the Supreme Court and the nation, liberating gay couples in states around the country," Lewis said. "So, thank you, Harvey Milk."
Milk was a beloved champion of equal rights for the gay community in San Francisco and across the nation. He became the first openly gay public official in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977.
He was assassinated a year later alongside then-Mayor George Moscone on Nov. 27, 1978.
At Thursday's dedication, Pelosi recalled Milk's words after he won a seat on the board of supervisors.
"He said his victory signaled a green light to all those who feel disenfranchised, a green light to move forward and that the doors are open to everyone," Pelosi said. "Thanks to Harvey, our society is better forever. Together, we'll finish the work Harvey started."