My painting of Harvey Milk will be featured in Windows for Harvey 2018, a San Francisco neighborhood art event celebrating and honoring former city Supervisor Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay politicians in the nation who was tragically assassinated in 1978 while still in office.
The event honoring the slain activist pairs neighborhood merchants throughout San Francisco’s Castro District with artists to create installations inspired by Milk and his legacy. I am truly honored to be paired with the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, a mission-driven organization that provides services and support to the LGBT community.
Despite becoming such a prominent political figurehead for LGBT rights, Milk spent much of his life closeted. It wasn’t until he became friends with others in the LGBT community in New York that Milk became more politically active. He moved to San Francisco in the early 1970s and opened a camera shop on Castro Street, which grew to be the heart of the LGBT community in San Francisco. Shortly after opening his store, Milk co-founded the Castro Village Association, an organization that aimed to unite LGBT business owners.
Once elected, Milk spearheaded a bill to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, employment and public accommodations. The bill passed in 1978, with the only dissenting vote cast by Supervisor Dan White, who assassinated Milk and the mayor of San Francisco in a deadly shooting rampage later that year.
I am thrilled to be included in this unifying event commemorating a truly courageous leader who helped lay the foundation for acceptance of and fair treatment for the LGBT community. And a quick thank you and acknowledgement to Hamid Nouri for technical assistance with this painting.
Windows for Harvey 2018 runs May 18-27 and my painting will be at the SF LGBT Community Center located at 1800 Market Street.