San Francisco City Hall finish installation of Harvey Milk Bust Monday
Photo by Bill Wilson © 2008
A bust of San Francisco’s first gay supervisor will be unveiled during a gala party this evening at 6:00 p.m., followed by official program at 7 o’clock.
The project to place the memorial of former Supervisor Harvey Milk is a joint undertaking between the Harvey Milk City Hall Memorial Committee and the San Francisco Arts Commission. It is reportedly the first such public/private partnership of its kind.
The effort to honor the politician began in 2003 when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution supporting the creation of such a memorial.
Milk advanced the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights by becoming one of the first openly gay elected officials in the country, winning a seat on the board of supervisors in 1977.
Less than a year after taking office, he was assassinated by a political opponent.
Bust unveiling marks his 78th birthday.
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Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and Bay Area media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past four years.