The first openly gay elected official in the history of California.
Despite being the most pro-LGBT politician in America at the time, he was not open about his sexuality until after his experiences in the 1960s counterculture movements.
After Milk sponsored a successful bill in San Francisco banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, both Milk and Mayor George Moscone, who signed the bill into law, were assassinated by a disgruntled former city supervisor, causing him became an icon and a martyr in the gay community.
Harvey Milk - Wikipedia
"The essential Jewishness of Harvey Milk" - The Jewish News Of Northern California (1978)
"Harvey Milk: Gay Jewish Icon" - Museum of Jewish Heritage