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  • Writer's pictureJeb Brack

October 7: FANCY

It doesn’t get any fancier than Pride.

Harvey Milk, riding in the 1978 Gay Pride parade in San Francisco. Milk was the first openly gay man elected to be a SF city supervisor, and he fought to end discrimination against homosexual people in the city. The Briggs Initiative would have made it mandatory to fire teachers and school employees who were gay or supported gay rights. The initiative was defeated in November of 1978, and three weeks later Milk and SF Mayor Moscone were assassinated by a former city supervisor. Milk opened the door for more gay officials and today is hailed as a hero in San Francisco, with several locations named for him.

It’s amazing, isn’t it, how people who were hated in their day are acknowledged as leaders and heroes in the world they helped make.

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