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“Harvey Milk Day” Honored at SOU

milk dayASHLAND, Ore. — Thursday was Harvey Milk Day and students at the Queer Resource Center at Southern Oregon University were celebrating with a special event.

The QRC held a screening of the 2008 award-winning movie about the slain gay rights activist. The showing was free and included milk and cookies.

The event was in commemoration of Harvey Milk’s birthday and for his stance on equal rights. There was also a student discussion following the movie.

“They’re talking about the process of coming out and being out and all of the different topics that are brought up in the film around working together across communities,” said Coordinator Janelle Wilson.

Harvey Milk became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S. when he won a seat on the city’s board of supervisors in 1977. He was assassinated in 1978.

Also on Thursday, a stamp honoring Harvey Milk was unveiled by the U.S. Postal Service.