By Trudy Ring
Originally published on Advocate.com May 30 2014 7:53 AM ET
The virulently antigay American Family Association says it should be “Return to Sender” for any mail its followers get with the new Harvey Milk commemorative stamp.
“Honoring predator Harvey Milk on a U.S. postage stamp is disturbing to say the least,” says a post on AFA’s website, making the unfounded charge that Milk was a pedophile. The group also denounces Nicole Murray Ramirez, the San Diego activist who lobbied the U.S. Postal Service to issue the stamp, because he is involved in drag culture. “The United States Postal Service honored a child predator at the whim of a drag queen,” the post states.
The AFA urges its followers to refuse to buy the stamp, and if a postal worker tries to sell it to them, to ask for an American flag stamp instead. Also, the group says individuals and businesses should refuse to accept mail bearing the Milk stamp. “Simply write ‘Return to Sender’ on the envelope and tell your postman you won’t accept it,” the group states on its site.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization, has classified the AFA as a hate group because of the misinformation it spreads concerning LGBT people. Among other falsehoods, the AFA has repeatedly cast gay people as sexual predators and claimed they were supporters of Adolf Hitler. It also supports “ex-gay” therapy.
The stamp honoring Milk, the San Francisco city supervisor assassinated in 1978, was unveiled last week at a White House ceremony.