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by Lis Armstrong
This October we're celebrating LGBT History Month with the latest Bar of the Month.
We're tipping our chefs hats to community icon Harvey Milk, with a limited edition bar of the month we're calling Harvey 'Almond' Milk.
Harvey was America's first openly gay politician and gay rights activist.
Born in New York, he was quick witted and athletic, served as a Navy diver, then worked as a financial analyst on Wall St.
After moving to San Francisco with his partner, Harvey became an increasingly effective community activist and coalition builder, affectionately known as the Mayor of Castro Street.
His appointment to the Board of Supervisors (similar to City Council) in 1977 made him American's first openly gay elected official. He ran on a platform of community and equality: providing low-income housing, day care for working mothers, free public transport, small business tax reform and community oversight of police.
During his almost eleven months serving, Harvey delivered significant legislative wins. He spearheaded an important bill banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, with just one dissenting vote, the man who would later become his assassin. This bill remains America's strongest gay-rights legislation to date.
Milk also successfully campaigned against the introduction of Proposition 6, which failed in its attempt to ban gay teachers and allies from working in Californian schools.
Harvey Milk's service was tragically cut short at just under eleven months when, on 7 November 1978, he and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated. The assassin was a former colleague, and the single dissenting vote against Milk's anti-discrimination bill.
Milk had previously commissioned Gilbert Baker to create the first rainbow Pride Flag (originally the 8 colours shown above), as a fresh, positive symbol to unite the community. Following his death, the flag was torn in two and hung either side of Castro Street in mourning.
Today, Harvey's life is honoured through public spaces carrying his name including a park, school and Navy ship. In 2009 and national day (22 May, Milk's birthday). In 2009, Harvey's birthday was formally recognized in California as Harvey Milk Day (22 May), and he was posthumously honoured with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama.
We're honoured to recognise Harvey Milk, and more LGBT icons, through October.
Watch the movie Milk staring Sean Penn, on streaming services including Stan and Prime.
Or read this history.com feature.
Right through LGBT History Month, we'll be featuring some of our favourite community icons on social media. Is there an icon you'd love to see us include? Please let us know!
Lisette is the Founder of Treat Dreams, making it her fault that you've discovered treats you can't stop eating. She's highly distractible... so naturally the search for *proper* vegan chocolate took her away from the corporate marketing future she'd planned. Originally the TD Chocolatier, these days Lis plans the things and is grateful for her amazing team who make/do the things! Originally from Queensland's Sunshine Coast hinterland, Lis grew up surrounded by mountains, strawberry fields and beaches, and now calls Sydney's (much busier) inner west home. She's step mum to an almost fully grown human, plus cat mum to Knuckles (the actual definition of a scaredy-cat) and Cali.
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Life has looked a whole lot different for all of us lately, but right now it’s Victoria that is really doing it tough. Coronavirus has hit our Victorian friends pretty hard, with the latest restrictions bringing curfews, more business closures, and a whole lot of isolation and uncertainty.
The good news is, despite being hundreds – or thousands – of kilometres away, there’s still things we all can do to help our Victorian friends through the next few weeks and months. Now more than ever it’s important we remind them this won’t last forever, that they’re not alone, and, most importantly, that they’re loved. So how can we do that?
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