WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service will feature a close-up, black-and-white photograph of Harvey Milk on its commemorative stamp of the California politician and gay rights icon.
The stamp will show Milk smiling broadly and wearing a suit jacket and tie. The image is based on a photograph taken around 1977 as Milk stood outside his Castro Street Camera Store in San Francisco.
A ceremony marking the stamp's first day of issue will take place May 22 at the White House. Another public ceremony will take place in San Francisco on May 28.
The Postal Service called Milk, who served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, a visionary leader whose achievements gave hope and confidence to the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. He and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were assassinated on Nov. 27, 1978.