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On May 22, the Postal Service will be releasing a stamp commemorating one of the nation’s gay-rights pioneers, Harvey Milk. The soon-to-be-released Harvey Milk stamp will be dedicated by the Postal Service during a ceremony at the White House later this month, according to a White House announcement.

In San Francisco, members of the community will be heading over to the USPS on 18th and Diamond early in the morning when they open to buy some stamps. According to the Facebook Event Page [], this group is calling this event “Milk Line for the Milk Stamp.”

The event page states:

On May 22nd 2014 as the Nation releases the first stamp dedicated to remember a LGBT Politician you would think that it would be a day filled with speeches extolling the person that is being celebrated. Too often events are created so that politicians can speak and tie themselves to that person, even when the similarities are few.

That’s why this Event. NO SPEECHES, NO POLITICS, just A MILK LINE for the Milk Stamp.

During Harvey’s campaign days, Jim Revaldo, and Dick Pabitch created the spectacle of the Milk Line, People lined up carrying signs that said Milk for Supervisor. This worked and still got attention. So lets go buy some stamps, go to the GLBT Historical Society Museum (where the suit Harvey Milk wore that fateful day is on display).

Come as you are, Dress up, carry signs, flags and enjoy Harvey Milk Day. Because WE ARE LIVING HIS DREAM.

Customers can pre-order the new stamp through the USPS Web site in order to receive it on the release date.

About Harvey Milk:

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."