"Harvey Milk was a hero that stood up and fought for the elderly, the disenfranchised and the needy in San Francisco, and for gay and lesbian rights in a time when no one else was taking up their plight, and he was gay." Tina Reynolds, co-founder of Equality Action Now (EAN) said. "Milk fought for the rights of all, and that included LGBTQI people in his community.”
"Harvey Milk was a leader in the gay rights movement who was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977." Ken Pierce, Director of Public Relations, EAN, explained. "This made him the nation’s first openly gay man elected to public office in a major U.S. city."
Equality Action Now, a local grassroots civil rights organization hosted the second annual Harvey Milk Day Celebration event, Sunday, May 22, 2011 at the downtown Crocker Art Museum.
In memory of Milk, Reynolds presented three awards:
2011 Harvey Milk Activist of the Year
Diana Luiz – for her total involvement in the fight for true equality in more actions and rallies than we can mention. Diana is ever present with a solid ability to make thinks happen. She has been an equality activist for more than 10 years here in Sacramento and involved with Equality Action NOW since it’s inception November 5, 2008.
Ken Pierce – As the Director of Public Relations and Media, Ken has put a strong and present voice to our movement for true equality. He is on top of our issues and has a presence about him that makes you want to listen to him. He is a collaborator, a motivator and a high achiever.
2011 Harvey Milk Educator of the Year
Angela Luna – since the very beginning of Equality Action NOW Angela has been involved at the leadership level, fighting and speaking about her own life experiences. Angela researches, wrote and fretted over educating our children on heros in the LGBTQ community and completed her important piece on the Life of Harvey Milk that was developed into a curriculum that she has available for students from 4-12 grade. "We all get to have heros, and Angela is one of mine," said Reynolds.
The award-winning documentary, The Times of Harvey Milk. was viewed.
Photos | Kati Garner, EAN volunteer photographer