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Harvey Milk Foundation host Harvey Milk Day with landmark conversation on law requiring LGBT history in public schools

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The Harvey Milk Foundation celebrates the third annual Harvey Milk Day in Sacramento, Calif. and joins together with the California Legislative LGBT Caucus and Equality California (EQCA) to host a breakthrough conversation on the implementation and benefits of Senate Bill (SB) 48.

This is an important event that families, educators, students, policy leaders and civil rights advocates should attend. Given the importance of the conversation, and the special holiday to celebrate one of our LGBT heroes, this event is free to the public with RSVP: http://harveymilkday.eventbrite.com/

Substance and celebration:

The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act (SB 48), authored by Senator Mark Leno and signed into law by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in 2011, requires public schools to teach LGBT history. While the act went into effect on January 1, 2012, it has yet to be implemented into California’s public school curriculum standards. A panelist of policy, education and civil rights leaders celebrate the California holiday for slain politician, Harvey Milk, by addressing bullying and discrimination in schools. Solutions to mitigate these growing issues could develop as more students have access to factual information about social movements, current events and history of LGBT people.

In 2009, the California State Legislature passed, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed, SB 572 designating every May 22 as "Harvey Milk Day.” SB 572 was authored by Senator Mark Leno.

Location and time:

The California Museum
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

6 – 7 PM


  • Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk
  • Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez
  • Senator Mark Leno, author of SB 48
  • Anne Kronenberg, Harvey’s campaign manager
  • Laurie Hasencamp, Equality California Interim Executive Director
  • Dori Moorehead, The California Museum Executive Director
  • Office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
  • Professor Lawrence C. Levine, University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law
  • Stampp Corbin, publisher of LGBT Weekly (moderator)

Harvey Milk Day 2012 sponsors: Chevron, Comcast Spotlight, VSP Vision Care, The California Museum, Hot Italian, California Biotechnology Foundation, Lucas Public Affairs, Platinum Advisors, Cathy Schwamberger & Diana Kienle and the Dewey Square Group.

The Harvey Milk Foundation, established in 2010 as a non-profit charitable organization, promotes Harvey Milk’s legacy through education and outreach around the world. Harvey Milk (1930-1978) was the one of the first openly gay elected official in the United States when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He was assassinated in San Francisco’s City Hall in November 1978. The Foundation is led and founded by Harvey’s nephew, Stuart Milk, and Anne Kronenberg, Harvey’s campaign manager and political aide. To learn more, please visit: www.MilkFoundation.org

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