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When San Francisco’s Harvey Milk took his bullhorn and rallied crowds at the intersection of Market and Castro Streets he inspired a generation and helped forge the LGBT civil rights movement. After Milk, the nation’s first openly gay politician elected to office, was assassinated, it was in this same place where thousands mourned, and where many still come to this day to remember.
Now steps are underway to finally make this hallowed ground a fitting tribute to both Milk and the LGBT civil rights movement. A major effort at Harvey Milk Plaza is underway, including an international design competition to reimagine the space. This competition’s aim is to redesign this space at the historic heart of San Francisco’s LGBT community to honor the significant contributions of Harvey Milk as well as to recognize his role in the ongoing struggle for LGBT civil rights. A design that will serve as a focal and meeting point for the LGBT community, just as Milk brought the LGBT community together 40 years ago.