Harvey Milk Gets A Forever Stamp

Gay activist and politician Harvey Milk will be honored with a U.S. Postal Service stamp, 36 years after his assassination.

BY Michelle Garcia

April 23 2014 10:52 AM ET

The U.S. Postal Service will release a forever stamp honoring the late LGBT political icon Harvey Milk. The stamp ceremony will take place May 22 at the White House, and a special dedication ceremony will take place May 28 in San Francisco, the U.S. Postal Service announced Monday.

The stamp is based on a famous photo of Milk, taken in 1977 by Daniel Nicoletta in front of Milk's shop, Castro Camera. It was designed by Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, Va. 

After only a short time in political office, Milk's activism charged a generation of people in the march toward LGBT rights. In 1978, he and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated. In 2009, Milk was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

Milk's stamp joins other civil rights revolutionaries and politicians, including Rosa Parks and Rep. Shirley Chisholm.

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