In 2013, the U.S. Postal Service announced plans to put Harvey Milk on a U.S. postage stamp. Now, that stamp is less than two months from being issued, and on Monday, the stamp design itself was revealed. It features a smiling black-and-white image of the late gay icon, his name printed overhead and a rainbow spectrum to his left.
The stamp will be a commemorative forever stamp, meaning it can be used to send any mail weighing an ounce or less no matter what the current postage rate is. It’s going to be issued on May 22nd — Harvey Milk Day — but officials haven’t yet decided where the ceremony will be. Milk’s home city of San Francisco is among the top contenders, as is Washington D.C..
Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, and during his short time in office, passed a stringent gay rights ordinance for the city. He and then-Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by former supervisor Dan White in 1978; thirty years later, President Obama posthumously awarded Milk the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor issued by the White House.
Milk will be the first openly gay elected official to be honored on a U.S. postage stamp. Here's what it'll look like, courtesy of Linn's Stamp News: