Today we honor the life and legacy of LGBTQ+ activist Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician in California. His brave work in the face of tremendous opposition and hate was a shining beacon of hope for so many, until his life was tragically cut short.
As supervisor, Milk spearheaded a bill to ban discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on sexual orientation. He was also instrumental in defeating California’s Proposition 6 ballot initiative, which sought to ban gay teachers and anyone supporting gay rights from working in California schools.
In many ways, AIDS Walk Los Angeles is the spiritual successor to Milk’s tireless action, giving hope and voice to millions so that equality cannot be denied.