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The Harvey Milk Story

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The story of Harvey Milk, San Francisco's first openly gay city official.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Two Lives Publishing
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Earl
I read this picture book on Harvey Milk Day- May 22nd. This was a great introduction to an inspirational man who overcame his fear to be who he was to fight for equality not just for the LGBT community but for everyone.
L- Lisa
Mar 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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The Harvey Milk Story is a picture book depicting the life of the first openly gay elected city official in the United States. The author begins Harvey’s story from his childhood and his realization that he is gay and alone with this truth. Especially given the time in history, Harvey feared what would happen to him if he shared he was gay. The strain of his secret and initial relationships take him to San Francisco where he became active in politics, in hopes of ending silence and making “laws ...more
Crystal
I didn't realize there was a picture book bio of Harvey Milk. I think LGBTQ history is something the general public does not read about or hear about in history classes. For many people, the only fights for civil rights they have learned about are those led by people like Martin Luther King Jr. or Rosa Parks. I appreciate that there are books like this that show others who were also working for human rights.

This is an easy to understand narrative of Harvey Milk's life that would be perfect for e
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Laura Salas
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think this story and its message are so important! Because there's sadly no competition for it, I'd recommend it be shared widely. However, a couple things bothered me as a writer. First, the flap copy implies Harvey's mom is a big part of the story. She's not, at all. And there were some copyediting breaches that made me wish a publisher with a stronger staff had published it. But overall, the writing is strong, and even if the style feels a little outdated now, I guess it IS 14 years old. Ma ...more
A.J. Chilson
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the first (if not, the first) children's picture book biographies about LGBT people, the author lets the reader in on what it was like for the subject, Harvey Milk, to be gay and to be living in the days prior to the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. It is a well-written children's biography about a man who overcame one of the biggest social obstacles of his time to thrive as a community leader in San Francisco and be elected as one of its city's supervisors, only to be gunned down b ...more
Sharon Green
Dec 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
grades 5-6
read aloud with discussion
non-fiction biographical/historical
civil and human rights/sexuality
high emotional intensity
Harvey is first openly gay elected city official(San Francisco)
hope for a better world for homosexuals, stands up for rights, overcome fear of harassment, government leadership, represents hope, freedom , self-acceptance. Harvey does get murdered because of his sexuality and position in gov.
Duane
Mar 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Not knowing a thing about who Harvey Milk was, it was a surprise and a joy to find this book and read it. This book explains who Harvey Milk was and what he became in a picture book style which really is helpful for younger readers. Nothing is forced on the reader. Instead, it helps start up discussions among people with the capabilities to learn.
Armando
Jul 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
this is a biography of Harvey Milk. It shows his life from beginning when he was little to his adult life and his assassination. It also explains what he accomplished.
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