Senator Boxer:  Honoring Harvey Milk   

Thursday, August 6, 2009  

I hope that you are pleased that Harvey Milk will be posthumously awarded the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom.  This year’s awardees were honored for their works as agents of change.  Few are more deserving as Harvey Milk, who didn’t just seek change but worked for change every day of his adult life.

I am pleased to share with you the brief description of Milk’s work which was released by the White House.

"Harvey Milk became the first openly gay elected official from a major city in the United States when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Milk encouraged lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) citizens to live their lives openly and believed coming out was the only way they could change society and achieve social equality. Milk, alongside San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, was shot and killed in 1978 by Dan White, a former city supervisor.  Milk is revered nationally and globally as a pioneer of the LGBT civil rights movement for his exceptional leadership and dedication to equal rights."

The formal program awarding all of the sixteen 2009 Medals of Freedom will be held on August 12.


Barbara Boxer, US Senator, California
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer