Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death
|Series:||Jewish Lives Ser.|
Harvey Milk'charismatic, eloquent, and a smart-aleck'was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, but he had only served for less than a year when he was shot by a homophobic fellow supervisor. Milk's assassination made him the most famous gay man in modern history, and countless tributes, including a posthumous Medal of Freedom, honor his legacy. This compelling biography explores the complexities of Harvey Milk's life, from his Jewish childhood on Long Island to his final years as a progressive politician committed to social justice. As a Jew and a homosexual, Milk felt himself to be doubly an outsider. He was an energetic champion not just of gay people but also of racial minorities, workers, women, the disabled, and senior citizens. His politics were influenced by his Jewish cultural identity and the ideals of Jewish liberalism as much as by his gay identity.