Pelosi Statement on Harvey Milk Day
San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement in recognition of Harvey Milk Day, which is celebrated every year in California in honor of the birthday of slain civil rights leader and San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk:
“On Harvey Milk Day, people in San Francisco, throughout California and across the country honor a man of extraordinary vision and tenacity, who challenged us all to live with strength, integrity and courage. As we mark what would have been Harvey’s 90th birthday, we renew our commitment to continue his work by ensuring all people, regardless of who they are or whom they love, can be equal participants in our democracy.
“This year, as our nation faces an unprecedented crisis, Harvey’s message to ‘hope for a better world, hope for a better tomorrow… and hope that all will be alright’ remains as vital as ever. But Harvey was more than a messenger of hope, he was also a clarion voice for action, inspiring generations of leaders, advocates and ordinary Americans to not just hope for change but to work for it. Thanks in part to Harvey’s trailblazing efforts, our nation has made great progress toward advancing the rights and dignity of the LGBTQ community and all Americans. From helping pass fully inclusive hate crimes legislation and sending the hateful ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy into the dustbin of history to ensuring the right to marriage equality, our nation now more fully embodies our founding promise of equality and justice for all.
“This Harvey Milk Day, while we continue to combat the coronavirus threat, we must act boldly, with hope in our hearts, to build on Harvey’s legacy of progress and opportunity. While we work to ensure that every vulnerable community has the support they need to stay healthy and safe, we must also continue to demand that Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans end their year-long obstruction and bring the House-passed Equality Act up for a vote. By finally and fully ending anti-LGBTQ discrimination once and for all, we can honor the life of Harvey Milk and build a brighter future for all Americans.”