Harvey Milk Day

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Harvey Milk Day
Harvey Milk Day logo
Observed by West Hollywood, California, United States
Date May 22
Next time May 22, 2019 (2019-05)
Frequency annual
Related to Harvey Milk and Harvey Milk Foundation

Harvey Milk Day is organized by the Harvey Milk Foundation and celebrated each year held May 22 in memory of Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist assassinated in 1978.

California Day of Special Significance

In California, Harvey Milk Day is recognized by the state's government as a day of special significance for public schools.[1][2] The day was established by the California legislature and signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009 after a series of petitions led by gay rights activist Daren I. Ball[3] and in the wake of the award-winning feature film Milk retracing Milk's life.[4][5]

Legislative history

Session Short title Bill number Date introduced Assembly Senate Governor Status Lead Author Co-Authors Sponsor References
2007-2008 Harvey Milk Day AB 2567 February 22, 2008 Passed the Assembly 45-23 Passed in the Senate 22-13 Vetoed by the Governor on September 30, 2008 Died Equality California (EQCA) [6]
2009-2010 Harvey Milk Day SB 572 February 27, 2009 Passed the Assembly 45-27 Passed in the Senate 25-12 Signed into Law by the Governor on October 11, 2009 Passed Equality California (EQCA) [7]

See also

Other LGBT related topics

Other civil rights holidays


  1. "Equality California: Legislature Approves Harvey Milk Day". Commondreams.org. 2008-08-05. Retrieved 2013-12-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Kristin Weigle, Harvey Milk Day: Chapter 626 Gives a Controversial Figure's Birthday Special Significance for California Public Schools, 41 McGeorge Law Review 558 (2010)
  3. Thompson, Don (October 12, 2009). "Schwarzenegger creates day honoring Harvey Milk". Associated Press.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Tran, Mark (October 13, 2009). "Arnold Schwarzenegger signs law establishing Harvey Milk Day: California governor's move honours Harvey Milk, gay politician shot dead in 1978". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2010-11-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Gay Rights Activist Milk Honoured". BBC News. United Kingdom: BBC. October 12, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 2008 "Legislation - AB 2567, Harvey Milk Day" Check |url= value (help). California: Equality California (EQCA).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. 2009 "Legislation - SB 572, Harvey Milk Day" Check |url= value (help). California: Equality California (EQCA).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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