By Julie Bolcer

Originally published on Advocate.com February 16 2010 10:05 AM ET

The Harvey B. Milk Foundation is planning events to mark the first official Harvey Milk Day in California on May 22.

According to theBay Area Reporter,the foundation is planning events in San Francisco, with the hope of eventually creating a week’s worth of festivities and programming.

“Working with local event producer Audrey Joseph, the foundation plans to host its inaugural awards show May 21 on the eve of California’s first official Harvey Milk Day, which under state law will annually be declared May 22 on Milk’s birthday,” reports the Bay Area Reporter. “In conjunction with local LGBT leaders, the foundation also has plans to hold a diversity breakfast May 22 and a street festival that afternoon in the Castro modeled after the gayborhood’s annual fall street fair, which Milk helped launch in the 1970s.”

Other events are being planned throughout California, and in New York City and on Long Island, where Milk, the first openly gay person elected to office in a major American city, grew up.