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Harvey Milk’s Memorial Plaque Stolen From Outside His Castro Camera Shop

On Saturday Supervisor Scott Weiner  filed a police report with SFPD after he was notified on  that the bronze plaque horonoring slain LGBT Civil Rights leader Harvey Milk was stolen from outside his old Castro Camera Shop at 575 Castro Street where the Trevor Project Call Center and HRC is now housed.

Wiener said he’s not sure the theft was a hate crime. (And it better not be!) and he’s hoping for its safe return but Sgt. Mike Andraychak believes that thieves may have chopped up the plaque to recycle the brass pieces for profit. Police estimate the plaque to be worth about $10,000.

The plauques inscription reads:

Harvey Milk    *   May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978

Harvey Milk made history as the first openly gay elected official in California, and one of the first in the nation, when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in November 1977. His camera store and campaign headquarters at 575 Castro Street and his apartment upstairs were centers of community activism for a wide range of human rights, environmental, labor and neighborhood issues. Harvey Milk’s hard work and accomplishments on behalf of all San Franciscans earned him widespread respect and support. His life is an inspiration to all people committed to equal opportunity and an end to bigotry.

“You gotta give ‘em hope

Truly disgusting.  How LOW can some people be.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is one of America's best known LGBT historians, He is also a a accredited journalist and the owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced on such notable media venues as BBC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The Daily Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story. Back2Stonewall has been recently added to the Library of Congress' LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive. Mr. Kohler is available for comment, interviews and lectures on LGBT History. Contact: Will@Back2Stonewall.com

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