Harvey Milk would have been 83 years old if Dan White hadn’t killed him in 1978. Today Harvey Milk Day is celebrated to remind us all how incredible his achievements were and to give all LGBT people around the world Hope.

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“It takes no compromise to give people their rights…it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.” – Harvey Milk

“If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.” – Harvey Milk

From a tape recording he made when he predicted his assassination:

“All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.” – Harvey Milk

On the rights of the young:

“Hope will never be silent.” – Harvey Milk

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“The only thing they have to look forward to is hope. And you have to give them hope. Hope for a better world, hope for a better tomorrow, hope for a better place to come to if the pressures at home are too great. Hope that all will be all right. Without hope, not only gays, but the blacks, the seniors, the handicapped, the us’es, the us’es will give up. And if you help elect to the central committee and other offices, more gay people, that gives a green light to all who feel disenfranchised, a green light to move forward. It means hope to a nation that has given up, because if a gay person makes it, the doors are open to everyone.” – Harvey Milk

Tape recorded, said in the last year of his life.

“All men are created equal. No matter how hard they try, they can never erase those words. That is what America is about.” – Harvey Milk