A Harvey Milk Election Campaign Moment

SheilaKuehlPicSheila Kuehl, the first openly gay person to be elected Los Angeles County Supervisor, capped a hard-fought fall 2014 campaign against Maria Shriver’s brother Bobby with a late October event at the home of GLAAD co-founder Dean Hansell. Among those in attendance was veteran journalist Mike Szymanski, whose Election Day report documents a notable full-circle moment:

“My hero was of course Harvey Milk, and I was honored to follow in his footsteps because he paved the way for someone like me,” she said. In the audience was Dustin Lance Black, who won the Academy Award for writing Milk

Black also spoke at the October 26 event to an audience that included perennial Academy Awards gag writer Bruce Vilanch. Vilanch wore a custom-made T-shirt that read “Zelda for Supervisor!,” a reference to the most famous chapter from Kuehl’s acting days and a reminder of how far we have come on the LGBT front. From Kuehl’s IMDb bio:

As the obsessed student who only had eyes for the poetic, lovelorn title character in 1959-1963 TV series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (Dwayne Hickman), Zelda’s confidence in hooking up with the uninterested Dobie never wavered, despite competition in the form of spoiled, dreamy blonde Tuesday Weld as Thalia Meninger. Sheila was an instant hit as Zelda, so much so that a 1962 pilot entitled Zelda was filmed as a possible spinoff. However, when Hollywood gossip spread that the 21-year-old Sheila was a lesbian, the powers-that-be decided to permanently shelve the project.

Szymanski’s item also has some interesting info about Ed Begley Jr. Even though the actor and Studio City resident is good friends with Maria Shriver, he supported in this particular race Kuehl.

[Photo via: kuehlforsupervisor.com]