Harvey Milk (May 22 1930 - November 27, 1978)
In San Francisco, Milk opened a camera store on Castro Street. Following an alleged extortion attempt against him, he decided to run for council office in 1973. In doing so, he challenged the city's more conservative gay establishment—including Jim Foster's Society for Individual Rights (SIR)—who believed that San Francisco would not be able to cope with a gay councilor. Milk, however, garnered populist support—including that of several of the toughest unions—by presenting himself as a “man of the people,” fighting for democratic American values: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. He portrayed himself as someone who just happened to be gay; when talking of sexuality, he argued for acceptance of homosexuals as human beings. Continue . . .
Source: Davis, Glyn. "Milk, Harvey (1930–1978)." St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, edited by Thomas Riggs, 2nd ed., vol. 3, St. James Press, 2013, pp. 565-566. From Gale Virtual Reference database.