45 Shining Harvey Milk Quotes

Happy Birthday, Harvey Milk! To celebrate this great man’s special day this 22nd of May, let us once again share these Harvey Milk quotes.

If you are part of the LGBT community or simply know your history well, then Harvey Milk should be well known to you. Born May 22 1930, Harvey made history when he was elected as the first openly gay official in 1977. He was elected to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors.

While in office, he passed stringent gay rights ordinances for the city and also tackled a wide variety of issued including child care, housing, and so on. Unfortunately, his term was cut short when he and Mayor George Moscone were tragically shot and killed in 27 November 1978. He was in office for just 11 months.

Until today, Harvey Milk remains an important symbol and icon in our history. He was elected at a time when homosexuality was perceived as a mental illness. His story and his vision for everybody is a shining light for our future.

Read on these inspiring Harvey Milk quotes.

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

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All over the country, they’re reading about me, and the story doesn’t center on me being gay. It’s just about a gay person who is doing his job. – Harvey Milk

It takes no compromising to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no survey to remove repressions. – Harvey Milk

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The fact is that more people have been slaughtered in the name of religion than for any other single reason. That, that my friends, is true perversion. – Harvey Milk

Hope will never be silent. – Harvey Milk

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Coming out is the most political thing you can do. – Harvey Milk

Burst down those closet doors once and for all, and stand up and start to fight. – Harvey Milk

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If I turned around every time somebody called me a faggot, I’d be walking backward – and I don’t want to walk backward. – Harvey Milk

I have tasted freedom. I will not give up that which I have tasted. – Harvey Milk

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My name is Harvey Milk and I’m here to recruit you. – Harvey Milk

If I do a good job, people won’t care if I am green or have three heads. – Harvey Milk

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San Francisco can start right now to become number one. We can set examples so that others will follow. We can start overnight. We don’t have to wait for budgets to be passed, surveys to be made, political wheelings and dealings…….for it takes no money……it takes no compromising to give the 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

Never take an elevator in city hall. – Harvey Milk

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

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Gay brothers and sisters… You must come out. Come out to your relatives… come out to your friends… Come out to your neighbors… to your fellow workers… to the people who work where you eat and shop… break down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions. For your sake. For their sake. For the sake of the youngsters who are becoming scared… – Harvey Milk

If you are not personally free to be yourself in that most important of all human activities… the expression of love… then life itself loses its meaning. – Harvey Milk

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Every gay person must come out. As difficult as it is, you must tell your immediate family. You must tell your relatives. You must tell your friends if indeed they are your friends. You must tell the people you work with. You must tell the people in the stores you shop in. Once they realize that we are indeed their children, that we are indeed everywhere, every myth, every lie, every innuendo will be destroyed once and all. And once you do, you will feel so much better. – Harvey Milk

Rights are won only by those who make their voices heard. – Harvey Milk

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I cannot prevent anyone from getting angry, or mad, or frustrated. I can only hope that they’ll turn that anger and frustration and madness into something positive, so that two, three, four, five hundred will step forward, so the gay doctors will come out, the gay lawyers, the gay judges, gay bankers, gay architects I hope that every professional gay will say ‘enough’, come forward and tell everybody, wear a sign, let the world know. Maybe that will help. – Harvey Milk

I know that you cannot live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living. And you…And you…And you…Gotta give em hope. – Harvey Milk

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Let me have my tax money go for my protection and not for my prosecution. Let my tax money go for the protection of me. Protect my home, protect my streets, protect my car, protect my life, protect my property…worry about becoming a human being and not about how you can prevent others from enjoying their lives because of your own inability to adjust to life. – Harvey Milk

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

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I wish I had time to explain everything I did. Almost everything was done with an eye on the GLBT movement…last week I got a phone call from Altoona, Pennsylvania, and the voice was young, my election gave one more young person, hope. – Harvey Milk

Freedom is too enormous to be slipped under a closet door. – Harvey Milk

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Lets make no mistake about this: The American Dream starts with the neigborhoods. If we wish to rebuild our cities, we must first rebuild our neighborhoods. And to do that, we must
understand that the quality of life is more important than the standard of living. – Harvey Milk

It takes no compromise to give people their rights. – Harvey Milk

Every gay person must come out…. Once they realize we are indeed their children, we are indeed everywhere, every myth, every lie, every innuendo will be destroyed once and for all. – Harvey Milk

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To sit on the front steps — whether it’s a veranda in a small town or a concrete stoop in a big city — and to talk to our neighborhoods is infinitely more important than to huddle on the living-room lounger and watch a make-believe world in not-quite living color. – Harvey Milk

I fully realize that a person who stands for what I stand for, an activist, a gay activist, becomes the target or the potential target for a person who is insecure, terrified, afraid, or very disturbed with themselves. – Harvey Milk

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We are coming out to tell the truths about gays, for I am tired of the conspiracy of silence, so I’m going to talk about it. And I want you to talk about it. – Harvey Milk

I like to sit in the window and watch the cute boys walk by. – Harvey Milk

It’s not my victory, it’s yours and yours and yours. If a gay can win, it means there is hope that the system can work for all minorities if we fight. We’ve given them hope. – Harvey Milk

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I finally reached the point where I knew I had to become involved or shut up. – Harvey Milk

A reading of the Declaration of Independence on the steps of a building is widely covered. The events that started the American Revolution were the meetings in homes, pubs, on street corners. – Harvey Milk

Politics is theater. It doesn’t matter if you win. You make a statement. You say, “I’m here, pay attention to me.” – Harvey Milk

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I was born of heterosexual parents. I was taught by heterosexual teachers in a fiercely heterosexual society. Television ads and newspaper ads — fiercely heterosexual. A society that puts down homosexuality. And why am I a homosexual if I’m affected by role models? I should have been a heterosexual. And no offense meant, but if teachers are going to affect you as role models, there’d be a lot of nuns running around the streets today. – Harvey Milk

I would like to see every gay doctor come out, every gay lawyer, every gay architect come out, stand up and let that world know. That would do more to end prejudice overnight than anybody would I urge them to do that, urge them to come out. Only that way will we start to achieve our rights. – Harvey Milk

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Some people call me the unofficial mayor of Castro Street. – Harvey Milk

If we wish to rebuild our cities, we must first rebuild our neighborhoods. – Harvey Milk

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The American Dream starts with the neighborhoods. – Harvey Milk

If it were true that children mimicked their teachers, you’d sure have a helluva lot more nuns running around. – Harvey Milk

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Out of the bars and into the streets! – Harvey Milk

You can stand around and throw bricks at Silly Hall or you can take it. – Harvey Milk

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We don’t want sympathetic liberals, we want gays to represent gays… I represent the gay street people-the 14-year-old runaway from San Antonio. We have to make up for hundreds of years of persecution. We have to give hope to that poor runaway kid from San Antonio. They go to the bars because churches are hostile. They need hope! They need a piece of the pie! – Harvey Milk

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