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Harvey Milk stamp to make LGBT history

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Harvey Milk stampSince 2008, May 22 has been known in California as Harvey Milk Day, a chance for public schools to observe and discuss the LGBT civil rights movement and the slain gay leader, one of the first openly lesbian or gay politicians elected to public office.

But this year will be a little different. On May 22, the United States Postal Service will start to circulate a postage stamp featuring Milk, with an expected 30 million first-class stamps being printed showing the murdered San Francisco supervisor’s smiling likeness under a rainbow strip.

The stamp’s official launch is expected to be feted by President Barack Obama that day at the White House, more than seven years after a letter-writing campaign began to lobby the USPS’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee.

USPS spokesman Mark Saunders said White House stamp launches are a rare honor. More typically, a stamp launch occurs in a location or setting relevant to the person honored; because the White House wanted to participate, there will also be a second unveiling for the general public at San Francisco City Hall on May 28, he said. Several Milk relatives as well as prominent LGBT leaders are expected to attend.


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