Friday, May 21, 2010

Saturday is Harvey Milk Day!

State College will be celebrating with the following:


Rally, March, and Film Viewing to be Held in Downtown State College on Saturday, May 22

Harvey Milk’s legacy as an advocate for LGBTQ equality will be commemorated in downtown State College on Saturday, May 22. The AIDS Project, Justice League –Activate!, Penn State LGBTA Student Resource Center, and RISE Advocacy will sponsor a rally, march, and film viewing. This is the only Harvey Milk Day event that will be held in Pennsylvania and will bring advocates from across the state to State College.

The rally will be held at the Municipal Building Plaza at 12:00pm. State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham has issued a proclamation in recognition of the day and will present it at the rally. The rally will also feature musicians, speakers, and artwork.

A march through downtown State College will follow at 1:30pm. The march will make multiple stops at places of significance to allow individuals to share their stories, discuss discriminatory policies, and other issues of relevance.

University Baptist and Brethren Church, located at 411 S. Burrows St., will sponsor a viewing of the award winning documentary, The Times of Harvey Milk at 4:30pm. All events are free and open to the public.

In addition to the event, State College organizers plan to advocate for policy changes that will broaden the inclusivity of the State College Fair Housing Ordinance and Home Rule Charter non-discrimination statements. At a May 17, 2010 State College Borough Council Meeting, an event organizer detailed to the Council instances of bigotry in the process of collecting signatures from local businesses for the Application for Use of Public Property. Caryn Winters asserted, “Council, I assure you that this is a State College issue.”

Harvey Milk Day was designated by the California State Legislature in 2009. May 22, 2010 will be the first annual Harvey Milk Day commemoration.

Justice League –Activate! is a network of people headquartered in State College, PA advocating for civil rights and social justice for LBGTQ individuals and communities. To get involved, contact Audrey Smith at

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