The year 1977 was the start of something big.
One of the most public coming- outs of the 20th century may well have been that of Harvey Milk. The year was 1977 – the place, San Francisco – and Milk was the first openly gay person elected to public office. The city supervisor was an advocate not only for gay rights but also for human rights, as outlined in his famed speech, “You’ve got to have hope.” Milk, along with Mayor George Moscone, was assassinated in November 1978. Since then, the United States has come a long way toward achieving LGBT rights.