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In Honor of Harvey Milk

In Honor of Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk tirelessly campaigned for the equal treatment of LGBTs. So it seems fitting that in honor of California's first Harvey Milk Day -- on what would have been his 80th birthday -- activists across the country would come together for a series of demonstrations and outreach efforts in celebration of the gay rights pioneer.

California will play host to the bulk of the events, but cities across the country will honor Harvey Milk with parties, marches, candlelight vigils, and, in St. Louis, a series of "I Am the Next Harvey Milk" themed speeches.

Check out a few of the California-based events below and click here for events around the country. Click here for information on a number of statewide events hosted by Equality California.

San Francisco

Starting at 10 a.m., Equality California, state senator Mark Leno, and activist Cleve Jones will lead a door-to-door canvassing effort to build support for gay rights. The canvassing will be followed by a Harvey Milk-themed celebration (bring your bell-bottoms and miniskirts) at S.F. club the Lookout.

Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center will lead a door-to-door canvassing effort in North Hollywood Saturday morning starting at 10 at the Christ Chapel of the Valley. Activists will also rally in downtown Los Angeles for a march and will assemble for a series of speeches in a West Hollywood park. Equality California will also host a series of events around Los Angeles and the state, including a star-studded fund-raising effort at the home of Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne.

San Diego
San Diego has a number of events scheduled to celebrate Harvey Milk Day, including a diversity breakfast, door-to-door canvassing, a demonstration near the military base on Coronado Island, and a Harvey Milk Legacy Concert featuring choirs from around the city. For information on all of these events, click here.

Cast members from the touring company of A Chorus Line will help to kick off a rally in Sacramento. Saturday's event begins on the west steps of the state capitol, followed by a march in the streets. A family gathering at the Gay and Lesbian Center and bar events throughout the city will follow.

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