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San Diego Author Explores The ‘Lives’ Of Gay Rights Icon Harvey Milk

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Credit: Yale University Press

Above: A book jacket cover of "Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death" next to an undated photo of author Lillian Faderman.

San Diego Author Explores The ‘Lives’ Of Gay Rights Icon Harvey Milk


Lillian Faderman, author, “Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death”


As the nation celebrates Harvey Milk Day Tuesday, a new biography delves into the gay rights icon’s life, death and Jewish identity.

“Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death” is written by San Diego author and LGBT scholar Lillian Faderman.

Faderman, who spoke at San Diego’s 10th annual Harvey Milk Day Diversity breakfast on May 18, said Milk was a complex person who was shaped by a number of personal and professional experiences.

“Harvey was an opera lover, he was a jock, he was a high school teacher, he was a hippie, he was a securities analyst for a stockbroker on Wall Street," said Faderman. "Finally he found himself in the last five years of his life. He knew what he wanted to do and that was to be a political person to run for political office and to represent the underrepresented, gay people certainly, but other minority groups as well.”

Milk was the first openly gay elected public official in California. This year marks the 40th anniversary of his assassination.

Faderman discusses Milk’s legacy Tuesday on Midday Edition.

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