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Harvey Milk's radical vision of equality - Lillian Faderman

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By 1973, Harvey Milk had already been many things: naval officer, high school teacher, bit-part actor and wandering hippie. Starting fresh in San Francisco, his belief in a more personal approach to local government led him to run for office in the heart of American gay culture, the Castro. Lillian Faderman details the tenacity and courage of California's first openly gay public official.

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  • Educator Lillian Faderman
  • Director Tomás Pichardo-Espaillat
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Animator Tomás Pichardo-Espaillat
  • Composer Cem Misirlioglu
  • Music Curt Sydnor
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Script Editor Iseult Gillespie
  • Fact-checker Joseph Isaac
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For further reading on Harvey Milk, check out these two biographies:

Randy Shilts, The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk, St. Martin’s Press, 1982.
https://www.amazon.com/Mayor-Castro-Street-Times-Harvey/dp/0312560850

Lillian Faderman, Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death, Yale University Press, 2018. https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300222616/harvey-milk

An excellent collection of interviews that Milk gave to the press is:
Vince Emery, ed., The Harvey Milk Interviews: In His Own Words, Vince Emery Productions, 2012.

Many of the speeches and articles written by Milk are collected in:
Jason Edward Black and Charles E. Morris, eds., An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk’s Speeches and Writings, University of California Press, 2013.

Younger students will enjoy this children’s book about Harvey Milk:
Rob Sanders, The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag, Penguin, 2018.

In addition, there are two Academy Award winning films about Milk, a documentary and a fictionalized film:
The documentary is The Times of Harvey Milk, director: Rob Epstein, 1984
The fictionalized film is Milk, director: Gus Van Sant, 2008

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Lillian Faderman
  • Director Tomás Pichardo-Espaillat
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Animator Tomás Pichardo-Espaillat
  • Composer Cem Misirlioglu
  • Music Curt Sydnor
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Script Editor Iseult Gillespie
  • Fact-checker Joseph Isaac
  • See more