2014 49¢ Harvey Milk
As one of America’s first openly gay political officials, Harvey Milk (1930-78) knew he led a dangerous life. But the rights of gays, and all minorities, outweighed his concern for his own safety.
Milk had drifted from job to job around the country before settling in San Francisco in 1969. It was there that discrimination sparked his outrage, and with it, an interest in politics that seemed to bring him to life.
Though he lost his first election in 1973, Milk earned his neighborhood’s admiration and the nickname “Mayor of Castro Street.” Over the next four years, he built campaigns around the rights of individuals, gay liberation, and investing in neighborhoods to improve cities. When Milk won his seat as city supervisor in 1978, it made national headlines. One of his first orders of business was passing a bill that outlawed discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Despite his popularity, Milk was assassinated just 11 months after taking office. Milk became a martyr, and according to Time, “a symbol of what gays can accomplish and the dangers they face in doing so.”
Milk has since been the subject of award-winning films and documentaries and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Today, the Harvey Milk Foundation continues to carry on his dream of “hope for a better tomorrow.”
The image for the stamp is from a photo taken by Daniel Nicoletta.
49¢ Harvey Milk, issued to satisfy the first-class mail rate
Issue Date: May 22, 2014, Milk’s birthday
City: Washington, D.C., in a White House ceremony
Printed By: Banknote Corporation of America forSennett Security Products
Printing Method: Lithographed, sheets of 240 with 12 panes of 20 per sheet
Perforations: serpentine Die Cut 10 ¾