Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Harvey Milk among California Hall Of Fame honorees

Harvey Milk joins a half-dozen others honored Tuesday evening. Inductees also include romance novelist and San Francisco resident Danielle Steel; longtime Oakland Raiders coach and sports broadcaster John Madden, and filmmaker George Lucas.

CBS reports:
The inclusion of slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person elected to major public office in the U.S., has garnered particular attention. In a statement, state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, applauded Milk's inclusion in the Hall of Fame, saying Milk "played an important role in our state, nation and world." In October, Schwarzenegger signed a bill designating May 22 as Harvey Milk Day statewide, which Leno originally sponsored. "Harvey gave his life for what he believed in, and in doing so gave hope to generations of LGBT Californians who continue to struggle for full equality," Leno said.