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By Brittany Doohan

On November 27th, 2013, there will be a candlelight vigil and march to honor the 35th anniversary of the assassinations of Harvey Milk and George Moscone. Those who want to attend are asked to meet at 7:oo p.m. at Harvey Milk Plaza on Castro St. and Market St. in San Francisco, and march to City Hall with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.

The event is co-sponsored by the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, AIDS Housing Alliance/SF, Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, Coalition on Homelessness, AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP), Senior Disability Action, Let’s Kick ASS, Unite Here! Local 2, Mission Neighborhood Resource Center, and Dolores Street Community Services.

After winning a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Harvey Milk became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in the United States. This groundbreaking election was a landmark event for the LGBTQ community — and the world.

Harvey served office for less than a year, and on November 27, 1978, he and Mayor George Moscone were brutally assassinated by Dan White, a fellow city supervisor who clashed with Milk over gay issues.

Despite Harvey’s short time in office, he became a martyr in the gay community and an icon in San Francisco. His life changed the LGBTQ community for the better. The Harvey Milk Foundation website says: "His courage, passion and sense of justice rocked [the] country and stirred the very core of a put down and pushed out community, bringing forward new hope and a new vision of freedom."

We love you, Harvey!

To learn more about Harvey Milk, click here: http://goo.gl/xrGYw9
For updates on the 35th Anniversary Candlelight Vigil, "like" the Harvey Milk Memorial Facebook page! >> https://www.facebook.com/HarveyMilkMemorial

[Photos: salon.com, CBS News, Harvey Milk Memorial Facebook page]