This Day in Jewish History Harvey Milk, U.S.'s First Openly Gay Elected Official, Is Born

Though he was in office for less than a year before being assassinated by a fellow city supervisor, Milk made his mark as an inspiration to gay people nationwide to stand up for their rights.

May 22, 1930, is the birthdate of Harvey Milk, one of the first — if not the first — openly gay elected officials in the United States. Milk was elected to the board of supervisors in San Francisco, in November 1977, and was assassinated, together with Mayor George Moscone, on November 27, 1978.