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Sacramento gay activists to attend 35th Anniversary of Harvey Milk and George Moscone’s murder

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It was another day and another time November 27, 1978, but the shocking murder of gay rights leader, Harvey Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone is remembered by millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people and their allies throughout the world each year.

Harvey Milk became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He served almost 11 months in office but in that short of time was responsible for passing sweeping and stringent gay rights ordnance for the city.

Thirty-five years ago Milk and Moscone were assassinated in cold blood by Dan White, who was another city supervisor who had recently resigned but changed his mind and wanted his job back.

This coming Wednesday evening, November 27, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., thousands are expected to gather at Milk Plaza in the heart of the Castro to pay tribute once again to their fallen hero.

The candlelight vigil will begin just as it did that cold fateful evening in 1978 when San Francisco citizens came out of their homes and apartments to converge on the Castro after hearing of the shooting earlier that day at City Hall.

In a recent article published Nov. 21 and written by longtime activist, San Francisco resident and student intern to the late Supervisor Milk who founded the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, Cleve Jones in the Bay Area Reporter recounts that day saying, “The sun went down and the people began to gather. Hundreds, then thousands, then tens of thousands filled the intersection of Castro and Market streets. Gay and straight, young and old, black and brown and white, all ages, from every neighborhood and community in San Francisco – we marched to City Hall, carrying pictures of Milk and Moscone, flowers and candles. We filled Civic Center Plaza”.

This year after a short memorial in Milk Plaza there will be a candlelight march down Market Street to City Hall. During the first vigil the night of the murder the newly formed San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus sang in public for the first time. This year they will once again sing on the steps of City Hall.

Special guest Sacramento native, gay activist, screenwriter, film and television producer who won Best Original Screenplay for the film MILK at the Academy Awards in 2008, Dustin Lance Black will offer words of inspiration. In addition a recorded message from Harvey Milk will conclude the evening.

This is the 35th anniversary of the death of Milk and Moscone and a large contingent of LGBTQ activists, students, and other Milk admirers from the Sacramento region is expected to travel to San Francisco to participate in the vigil.

Tina Reynolds, owner of Uptown Studios and co-founder of Sacramento’s Equality Action Now is hoping to get out of town Wednesday and join other activists commemorating Milk. ““Harvey Milk is one of the true heroes of my time, showing so many that being gay is being human. His death was such a sad day for so many.”

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