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50 years in 50 weeks: 1977 Milk win

by BAR staff

Photo: Courtesy B.A.R. Archive
Photo: Courtesy B.A.R. Archive  

In honor of Harvey Milk Day on May 22, this week's look at the Bay Area Reporter's archive is from the November 10, 1977 issue, which reports when Harvey Milk won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay person to win elective office in the city and in California. Milk, who wrote a political column for the paper, had tried two other times to win a seat, and was victorious on his third attempt. According to the article, Milk received 30% of the vote, well ahead of the 16 other candidates for what was then the District 5 seat in the Castro, Noe Valley and the Haight. (The LGBTQ-focused seat is now District 8 and includes Noe Valley, Diamond Heights and Glen Park.) Milk took office in January 1978, but only served 11 months before he and then-mayor George Moscone were assassinated by disgruntled ex-supervisor Dan White. To view the issue, click here.

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