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Harvey Milk stamp: Forever Stamp released on Milk's birthday (+video)

Harvey Milk stamp: On Thursday, the post office released a Forever Stamp honoring Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay men elected to public office, who was assassinated in 1978.

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    The Harvey Milk Forever Stamp is unveiled in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Thursday. From left: Rep. John Lewis (D) of Georgia; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California; Stuart Milk, Founder and President, Harvey Milk Foundation; UN Ambassador Samantha Power; Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D) of Wisconsin.
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The post office in San Francisco's Castro District is selling more stamps than usual now that a neighborhood icon is the face of the nation's newest Forever Stamp.

The US Postal Service on Thursday started issuing stamps honoring the late San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, who was one of the first openly gay men elected to public office and who represented the Castro before he was assassinated in 1978.

AIDS Memorial Quilt creator Cleve Jones, who was an aide to Milk, and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for the 2008 movie "Milk," joined dozens of people who lined up at the Castro post office to buy the new stamp.

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Thursday would have been Milk's 84th birthday. He and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were shot to death at City Hall by Dan White, a former city supervisor.

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