DVD: The Times of Harvey Milk (N/A)

Ollie Wright
Friday 23 January 2009 01:00 GMT

When Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to hold public office in America, was elected as a San Francisco District Supervisor, he was well aware of his importance as a figurehead for the gay community – and the fact that he could be assassinated at any time.

Leading the campaign to defeat Proposition 6, legislation that would have barred homosexuals from jobs in state schools, was Milk's last major political triumph. Within a year of his election in 1978, he and the liberal Mayor George Moscone were dead – killed by Supervisor Dan White, who had been elected on the strength of his commitment to old-fashioned values. This 1985 Oscar-winning documentary vividly paints the times Milk operated in and the prejudice he faced, as well as the difference he made to countless lives.

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