5 Harvey Milk quotes that are just as relevant today as they were almost 40 years ago

May 22 is Harvey Milk Day!

In case you're not aware, Harvey Milk became the first openly gay elected official in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco board of supervisors in 1977.

Image by Daniel Nicoletta via Wikimedia Commons.

But his place in history isn't just cemented for that reason. His life is worth celebrating for the values he championed — ones that felt radical back then (and sadly, might still feel radical to some people today).

He advocated for equality, acceptance, and openness with great enthusiasm and even passed a gay rights ordinance while in office. Sadly, Milk was assassinated after barely 11 months on the job, along with the mayor.

During his short time in office, Milk did a lot for the gay rights movement and inspired hope for so many. Look at us now: Almost 40 years later, and his words are still as relevant as ever in the fight for equality.

Here are five inspiring Harvey Milk quotes.

About hope:

About acceptance:

About equality:

About individual rights:

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Do you have a favorite Harvey Milk Quote?

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Seven years ago, Bill Murray shared a powerful story about the importance of art. The revelation came during a discussion at the National Gallery in London for the release of 2014's "The Monuments Men." The film is about a troop of soldiers on a mission to recover art stolen by the Nazis.

After his first time performing on stage in Chicago, Murray was so upset with himself that he contemplated taking his own life.

"I wasn't very good, and I remember my first experience, I was so bad I just walked out — out onto the street and just started walking," he said.

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