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Harvey Milk To Be Honored With U.S. Postage Stamp

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FILE - This file photo from April 1977 shows San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk in the mayor's office during the signing of the city's gay rights bill in San Francisco. A new concert piece about slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk by Tony Award-nominee Andrew Lippa will have its world premiere in June in San Francisco. Producers said Monday, April 1, 2013, that ?I Am Harvey Milk? _ part choral, part theater _ will be performed June 27-28 as part of the San Francisco Gay Men?s Chorus 35th Anniv | AP

The Harvey Milk Foundation confirmed Oct. 10 that the U.S. Postal Service would honor gay rights icon Harvey Milk with a stamp in honor of his memory and legacy.

Milk, the first openly gay man to hold political office in California, will break new ground once again as the first openly LGBT political official to be featured on a postage stamp.

Stuart Milk, Harvey's nephew, broke the news on Twitter:

"On behalf of the Milk family and the Harvey Milk Foundation, we are thrilled that our campaign for the stamp has succeeded and we thank all our partners including the USPS in this effort," Stuart, who is also Milk Foundation president and founder, told The Huffington Post in a statement. "Harvey's story, example and courage continues to inspire across the globe and the issuance of the first U.S. postage stamp for a openly LGBT in my uncle's name will not only educate but will provide hope, hope that is still critically needed today."

Other LGBT icons to be immortalized on postage stamps reportedly include Tennessee Williams, Judy Garland, Langston Hughes, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis.

Look out for the Harvey Milk stamp, slated to be released sometime during 2014.

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