California: Acting Governor Kounalakis proclaims Harvey Milk Day
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~ On May 22, 2024, Acting Governor Eleni Kounalakis of California issued a proclamation declaring the day as "Harvey Milk Day." This proclamation was made in honor of Harvey Milk, a prominent figure in the LGBTQ+ community who fought for freedom and equality for all Californians.

Born on May 22, 1930, Milk settled in San Francisco and became a part of the thriving LGBTQ+ community. However, he soon realized that this community faced widespread hostility and had no representation in government. In response to this injustice, Milk fearlessly organized and worked with labor and civil rights activists to fight for justice.

His advocacy and coalition-building skills led him to win a seat on San Francisco's Board of Supervisors in 1977, making him one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States and the first in California. However, just a year into his term, Milk was tragically assassinated. Despite his short time in office, his legacy continues to live on through laws and policies that protect the LGBTQ+ community.

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In her proclamation, Acting Governor Kounalakis highlighted Milk's famous words: "Hope will never be silent." She emphasized that his legacy remains relevant today as attacks against the LGBTQ+ community continue to occur both in the United States and around the world. Kounalakis also reaffirmed California's support for the community's fight for equality, freedom, and acceptance.

The proclamation was signed by Acting Governor Kounalakis herself and attested by Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber. It serves as a reminder of Milk's impact on not only his own community but also on generations of activists who continue to fight for justice.

As Californians celebrate Harvey Milk Day today, they are encouraged to remember his words and continue advocating for equality and acceptance for all individuals regardless of their sexual orientation or identity. The state stands firmly with the LGBTQ+ community in this ongoing fight.

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