One of the most prominent figures to make San Francisco home was Harvey Milk, the city’s mayor who was assassinated on November 27, 1978.
Milk, remembered as one of the first political activists for the LGBTQ+ community, made the pride flag a potent symbol for the community. As the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, Milk convinced those that came after him of his vision for a more inclusive future. A lot has changed in the 44 years since his death. There as many as 1,000 LGBTQ+ officials in the US, according to The New York Times. So much so that President Biden appointed as White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, the first Black person, and one who is openly LGBTQ+.