A commemorative Harvey Milk private local post stamp was issued Nov. 27 on the 34th anniversary of the late, first openly gay politician's assassination—and Panama City, Fla., postmaster Douglas Sandler created the stamp. A stamp collector, Sandler said h is interested in honoring historic individuals and renewing the public's interest in stamp collecting.
"I want to make sure he's honored correctly," Sandler said. "A lot of people don't know who his is, and to me that doesn't make any sense."
Milk was assassinated Nov. 27, 1978, after serving nearly a year as the first openly gay member of San Francisco's Board of Supervisors. He was known as "The Mayor of Castro Street." Known for his political savvy and coalition-building, Milk successfully engineered a strike against Coors Beers in San Francisco gay bars in support of the Teamsters Union.
While serving as a city supervisor, he successfully passed a gay-rights ordinance for the city. Dan White, a former member of the board, killed Milk along with the late mayor of San Francisco George Moscone. Individuals outraged by what they saw as a light sentenced started riots in San Francisco (events known as the White Night Riots) in 1979.
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