After stints as a Navy officer and insurance salesman, Harvey Milk moved to San Francisco in the ’70s and was elected to the city’s board of supervisors — the first openly gay man to hold public office in a major U.S. city. A gifted speaker and born joker, Milk was a darling of the local media. He successfully battled a conservative push to outlaw gay teachers in California, urging people to come out and fight homophobia. Tragically, Milk was killed in 1978 by onetime board member Dan White. His heroic life was memorialized in 1984’s Oscar-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk.
Posted November 28 2008 — 12:00 AM EST
- Jessica Williams & Stephen Colbert: Cap'n Crunch vs. Morton Salt girl
- Jimmy Fallon, Paul Rudd recreate Styx's 'Too Much Time On My Hands'
- WATCH: Geena Davis recalls getting really drunk for 'Thelma & Louise'
- Garry Marshall’s 5 rules for making a rom-com
- 'Guilt': Watch the first trailer for Freeform's steamy new drama
- Pearl Jam play 'Ten' front to back in Philly
- 'The Originals' boss on the difficulties of killing a beloved character
- See President Obama's Very First White House Correspondents Dinner
- 13 Times Real Pain Inspired Great Art
- Destiny's Child's Best Matching Outfits Through the Years
- 'The Simpsons': See the Voices Behind Your Favorite Characters
- All the Photos From Beyonce's 'Formation' Tour
- 40 Celebrities Who Threw Out The First Pitch