East Rockaway’s GSA Club Commemorates Harvey Milk Day

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East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School’s newly formed Gay-Straight Alliance club celebrated Harvey Milk Day with the late activist’s great nephew Eric Milk on May 24.

Eric Milk was invited to the school to speak about his great uncle and the impact he had on the LGBT community. Harvey Milk was an activist, organizer and the first openly gay man elected to public office in the country as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in the late 1970s. He came out and started organizing against discrimination of gay and lesbian business owners in San Francisco. Milk was responsible for passing gay rights ordinances for the city of San Francisco and served 11 months in office before he was assassinated on November 27, 1978, along with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone. To recognize the life and achievements of the gay and civil rights activist, Eric Milk brought Harvey Milk honorary stamps and pins and educated the club on the Harvey Milk Foundation.