Harvey Milk Foundation Hosts Harvey Milk Day with Landmark Conversation on New Law Requiring LGBT History in Public Schools


CONTACT: Justin Knighten, 916/806.0391                      


Harvey Milk Foundation Hosts Harvey Milk Day with Landmark Conversation on New Law Requiring LGBT History in Public Schools

Third annual holiday celebrated by finding solutions to address bullying in schools

WHAT:  The Harvey Milk Foundation celebrates the third annual Harvey Milk Day in Sacramento, Calif. and joins together with the California Legislative LGBT Caucus and Equality California (EQCA) to host a breakthrough conversation on the implementation and benefits of Senate Bill (SB) 48.

The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act (SB 48), signed into law by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in 2011, requires public schools to teach LGBT history. While the act went into effect on January 1, 2012, is has yet to be implemented into California’s public school curriculum standards. A panelist of policy, education and civil rights leaders celebrate the California holiday for slain politician, Harvey Milk, by addressing bullying and discrimination in schools. Solutions to mitigate these growing issues could develop as more students have access to factual information about social movements, current events and history of LGBT people.

In 2009, the California State Legislature passed, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed, SB 572 designating every May 22 as "Harvey Milk Day.” SB 572 was authored by Senator Mark Leno.

WHERE:  The California Museum

1020 O Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

WHEN:                  Tuesday, May 15, 2012

                                5:30 – 6 PM -- Private VIP reception: exhibit (open to the press)

                                6 – 7 PM – FREE event and conversation on SB 48: auditorium (open to the press)

VISUALS:             VIP reception – Museum galleries with elected officials; sponsor signage 

                                Conversation on SB 48 – Auditorium; panelists on stage with Harvey Milk Foundation logo projected in the background; sponsor signage

WHO:  Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk and co-creator of the Harvey Milk Foundation; Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez;Senator Mark Leno, author of SB 48; Anne Kronenberg, Harvey’s campaign manager and co-creator of the Harvey Milk Foundation; Office of State Superintendent for Public Instruction; Stampp Corbin, publisher of LGBT Weekly;Professor Lawrence C. Levine, UOP McGeorge School of Law; Laurie Hasencamp, Equality California;  Dori Moorehead, The California Museum; and many other California elected officials and community leaders. 

Harvey Milk Day 2012 sponsors: Chevron, Comcast Spotlight, VSP Vision Care, The California Museum, Hot Italian, California Biotechnology Foundation, Lucas Public Affairs, Platinum Advisors, Cathy Schwamberger & Diana Kienle and the Dewey Square Group.

ABOUT:  The Harvey Milk Foundation, established in 2010 as a non-profit charitable organization, promotes Harvey Milk’s legacy through education and outreach around the world. Harvey Milk (1930-1978) was the one of the first openly gay elected official in the United States when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He was assassinated in San Francisco’s City Hall in November 1978. The Foundation is led and founded by Harvey’s nephew, Stuart Milk, and Anne Kronenberg, Harvey’s campaign manager and political aide. To learn more, please visit: www.MilkFoundation.org

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