The new Harvey Milk stamp, released today.
The new Harvey Milk stamp, released today.


LGBT rights advocates have been on a roll the last few years. Supreme Court victories, unprecedentedly favorable public opinion polls, pop cultural milestones, and perhaps the most underrated achievement in contemporary American life — the imprimatur of the United States Postal Service.

The Postal Service officially revealed the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp today; the stamp collecting website published a leaked image of the stamp a few weeks ago.

A special dedication ceremony will take place May 28 in San Francisco, exact time and location to be announced.

The post office said the stamp’s image is based on a “circa 1977 black and white photograph of Milk in front of his Castro Street Camera store in San Francisco taken by Daniel Nicoletta of Grants Pass, OR.”

This is not the first federal recognition of the iconic gay rights advocate. President Obama awarded him a posthumous Medal of Freedom in 2009.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor for KQED's daily health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED News Fix.

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