San Diego Pays Tribute to LGBT Hero with ‘Dear Harvey’ Zoom Documentary

It takes a village to pay tribute to Harvey Milk.

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Milk, a prominent and dynamic civil rights activist, was the first openly gay elected official in the history of California. He championed the rights of all people: gay, women, the elderly, minorities and union members.

But in 1978, after serving only 11 months on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, he was assassinated (along with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone) by a fellow supervisor who had just been the sole dissenting vote against the Human Rights Ordinance Milk had proposed and Moscone had signed. Milk was 48 years old at the time of his death. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2009, and in 2016, the USNS Harvey Milk became the first ship named for a gay leader.

Thirty years after his death, Dan Kirsch, the artistic director of San Diego’s Diversionary Theatre (the third oldest continuously producing LGBT theatre in the United States), thought it was high time to honor Harvey onstage; he especially wanted to keep Harvey’s story alive for young people.

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