Marking 30 years since the assassination of Harvey Milk

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

In 1978 Harvey Milk made history as the first openly gay man elected to office in San Francisco. Months later, disgruntled former city employee Dan White made history when he assassinated Milk and San Francisco mayor George Moscone. Thirty years have passed and Hollywood is marking Milk’s legacy with a movie about his life. The Takeaway takes stock of Milk’s enduring influence with attorney Carol Ruth Silver, who served on San Francisco’s Board of supervisors with Harvey Milk. We are also joined by New York State Senator Tom Duane. Duane was the first openly gay and HIV-positive member of the New York state senate and city council.
"The Teamsters wanted to get Coors beer out because they were non-union and Harvey offered them the gay bars. He said if you will allow gays to be truck drivers — to join the Teamsters — I'll organize all the gays in this area and we will get Coors out of the bars."
—Carol Ruth Silver on the foundation of Harvey Milk's political strength

Guests:

Tom Duane and Carol Ruth Silver

Contributors:

Chelsea Merz

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