Milk! Still good for you…
There’s a common misconception that Harvey Milk was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in the United States. He was actually the sixth in America, but he was the first to make being a proud and openly gay man the cornerstone of his campaign. He justified his run for office – back in 1977 – by declaring that gay people should be treated equally and that they must have a seat at the table. He was assassinated in 1978 but his legacy lives on as detailed in ‘The Children of Harvey Milk’, which is part political thriller, part meditation on social change and part love story. It tells the epic stories of courageous men and women around the world who came forward to make their voices heard during the struggle for equal rights. Featuring LGBTQ icons from America to Ireland, the UK to New Zealand, Andrew Reynolds documents their successes and failures, heart-warming stories of acceptance and heart-breaking stories of ostracism, demonstrating the ways in which an individual can change the views and voting behaviours of those around them.
‘The Children of Harvey Milk’ by Andrew Reynolds is published by Oxford University Press.