#PRWin: Slain Gay Activist Harvey Milk Gets His Own Stamp

harvey_milk_stampOne of the most notable victims of the Internet is the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Although you love the idea of getting a card in the mail, you prefer email for real-time communications. Admit it. Mailboxes seem to be the depository for junk mail, bills, and whatever antiquated direct-mail campaign is still going on.

The USPS has closed branches, laid off employees, and raised the price of stamps countless times to help stay profitable. (BTW, 49 cents. Oy vey!)

It’s about time the Postmaster General did something that would give them good news, don’t you think? They did with the Harvey Milk stamp, which was dedicated on what would have been his 84th birthday last week. 

0522-harvey-milk-forever-stamp_full_600The White House ceremony (pictured here) featured almost a dozen speakers, including Stuart Milk, co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation and Harvey’s nephew, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), helped unveil the stamp at the White House ceremony.

In 1977, Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, making him one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States. It was only a year later that his life would be tragically taken when he and then San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were assassinated on November 27, 1978.

The picture of Milk is an iconic one of him standing in front of the Castro Street Camera Store in San Francisco in 1977 (also known as Harvey Milk’s campaign headquarters back in the day).

The stamp can be purchased online today, and word is they are selling fast. Good times for USPS, indeed.