Postal Service to dedicate Harvey Milk stamp at the White House this month

The Postal Service will dedicate its soon-to-be-released Harvey Milk stamp during a ceremony at the White House later this month, according to a White House announcement.

This undated handout image provided by the US Postal Service shows the commemorative forever stamp featuring gay-rights activist Harvey Milk. (AP Photo/USPS) This undated handout image provided by the U.S. Postal Service shows the commemorative forever stamp featuring gay-rights activist Harvey Milk. (AP Photo/USPS)

The event is scheduled to take place on May 22, the first day the Postal Service plans to issue the stamp commemorating one of the nation’s gay-rights pioneers.

Another ceremony will take place on May 28 in San Francisco.

Customers can pre-order the new stamp through the USPS Web site in order to receive it on the release date.

Milk won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, becoming one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States.

The Postal Service said in an announcement that Milk’s achievements “gave hope and confidence to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination.”

A gunman assassinated Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Mascone in November 1978, less than one year after Milk took office.

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.
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