Harvey Milk Celebrations Continue

Harvey Milk was the nation’s first openly gay person elected to public office. He served as a San Francisco City and County supervisor. He served almost 11 months in office and was responsible for passing a stringent gay rights ordinance for the city. He fought for equality, lived a courageous life and inspired many until his assassination on Nov. 27, 1978.

Milk’s political career centered on making government responsive to individuals, gay liberation and the importance of individual neighborhoods to the city of San Francisco as a whole.

The city of Alameda was one of only four communities in the state of California to hold a community celebration event in 2010, the first year that May 22 was officially recognized as Harvey Milk Day.

Celebrations have been held each year since then. This year’s festivities wind up this weekend with a pair of free events.

At 7 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, May 30, the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus will join the First Congregational Church choirs at the First Congregational Church, 1912 Central Ave.

The Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus is a 50-voice chorus that performs a wide variety of music, from Classical to Broadway.Then on Saturday, May 31, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the Alameda Free Library will present "Celebrating Alameda’s Youth" at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St.

This event will include creating a Harvey Milk Day Spirit of Hope Message; the announcement of the winners of this year’s Harvey Milk Day poetry and poster contests; the awarding of a Harvey Milk Day $500 scholarship to a graduating senior and a presentation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgenger, queer (LGBTQ)-related books and educational materials to the Alameda Free Library.