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“I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.”

There are no words to describe how saddened we are by the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Much like our Club’s namesake, Ruth came from humble beginnings. She was born to Jewish immigrant parents and grew up in New York during the Great Depression and came of age during World War II.

The gender discrimination Ms. Ginsburg faced throughout her professional career undoubtely shaped her political values and overall jurisprudence, much to the material benefit of the lives of millions of Americans during her service on the United States Supreme Court.

During Justice Ginsburg's tenure on the Court, she fought for Women's rights, LGBT rights, racial equality, voting rights, workers' rights and against discrimination, voter supression, gerrymandering, money in politics and unfettered capitalism. Some of the most rulings on LGBT rights she presided over include (but are not limited to):

Romer v. Evans (1996):
Voiding an amendment to the Colorado state constitution that prohibited laws protecting the rights of homosexuals.

Lawrence v. the State of Texas (2003):
Overturning anti-sodomy laws in 14 states.

Hollingsworth v. Perry (2013):
Legalizing same-sex marriage in Califonria.

United States v. Windsor (2013):
Overturning the Defense of Marriage Act.

Obergfell v. Hodges (2015):
Giving same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states.

Bostock v. Clayton County (2020):
Banning employees from being discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

As you can probably guess, the leadership of the Milk Club is deeply worried by who may replace RBG on the Court and the potential loss of all of our civil rights over the next few decades. But we must focus on this fight one step at a time.

The first step is to volunteer with us and turn out a solidly progressive vote in November 2020. We will show you how below.

Let's make Ruth proud.




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Our Dean Preston Event & Honoring Denise D'Anne

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On Thursday at 6pm, please join the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club, former CA State Senator Mark Leno, Jackie Fielder, Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, former Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, SF DCCC Chair David Campos, CCSF Board of Trustees President Shanell Williams, and CCSF Trustee Tom Temprano for a fundraiser to support Supervisor Dean Preston's re-election campaign.

Please register in advance on Zoom here. Also, please consider signing up for a Dean Preston phonebank here.

A queer time will be had by all, especially when Dean Preston wins again this November.

Denise D'Anne's entry photo for Miss Tall Club from the 1970's. Photo: Geoffrey (Lucky) Scott.

As you may already know, Denise D'Anne, a former Co-President of the Milk Club, passed away on September 2nd. She was an early transgender activist and lifelong environmentalist and brought these value sets when she led this Club in 2010 with David Waggoner.

Denise D'Anne will be missed. So please plan to virtually attend our September General Membership Meeting this Tuesday, from 7-9pm, where we will discuss her life. Here is our full agenda:

1) Introduction & endorsement ballot description.
2) PAC Chair report.
3) Events & Fundraising report.
4) Presentations and Q&A with E-Board nominees Kurtis Wu for E-Board Outreach, Jasper Wilde for At-Large #1, and Joe Adkins for At-Large #2.
5) Reflections on the life on Denise D'Anne.
6) A discussion on Club civility.
7) New Business.

At our meeting, we will also virtually vote to endorse for Oakland City Council's At-Large Seat and for the SF Pride Board. (The PAC has given recommendations to Rebecca Kaplan for the Oakland City Council At-Large Seat and Laurence Berland and Tyler Breisacher for the SF Pride Board of Directors, so take that into consideration.)

We will also vote on electing the aforementioned Executive Board nominees.

If you knew Denise D'Anne and would like to talk about her life at our meeting, feel free to email us at [email protected] so that we can formally add you to our agenda.




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Milk Club Values and the Next D7 Supervisor

Joel Engardio is actually running on being anti-police-reform. In this day and age?

In the age of Defund the Police and Black Lives Matter, Joel Engardio had the bizarre audacity to send out this mailer. In it, he attacked our Club's endorsed candidates Vilaska Nguyen (#1) and Myrna Melgar (#2) for District 7 Supervisor, in an apparent attempt to win over reactionary voters and Police Officer Association money.

All during the Republican National Convention, no less!

As a gay person, Joel Engardio should know better. Law enforcement has played a long and grotesque history of brutalizing Black, Brown, and Queer people in San Francisco and across the nation. This is why, despite being gay, the Harvey Milk Club Political Action Committee and it’s Membership decided not to endorse him for Supervisor.

For more context, check out Mr. Engardio's responses to his SF DCCC questionnaire and judge for yourself. He chose not to participate in our Club's endorsement process, so we have no questionnaire for this candidate, unfortunately.

Please note that in the DCCC questionnaire, Joel Engardio did not support the mayor's plan to divert police funding and reinvest in Black Community. He left that yes/no answer blank.

No wonder Joel is the candidate of the SF Police Officers Association, SF Republicans, Scott Wiener, and apparently Senator Dianne Feinstein's third-choice. Read the very fine print in Mr. Engarido’s most recent piece of artwork below.

Begs the question: Who are Senator Feinstein's #1 and #2 candidates for District 7?

All of this only underscores why the Milk Club endorsed Vilaska Nguyen and Myrna Melgar as our #1 and #2 candidates for District 7 Supervisor. They are both committed to life-saving, common sense police reform. Both oppose qualified immunity for officers, which is the civil rights action of our time. Both oppose tasers and have strong positions on many other issues including tenants rights, immigrant rights, and environmental justice.

And both candidates support District Attorney Chesa Boudin, as if that is something to be ashamed of. By the way, do you remember when the Milk Club called out Kimberly Guilfoyle earlier this year for her anti-Chesa rant?

We tried to warn you back in January, America!

With several other moderate candidates in the running in this fairly moderate district, it is imperative that we in the Milk Club support both of our candidates for Supervisor, Vilaska and Myrna! So visit their websites and sign up to volunteer.

At the Milk Club, we leave no district behind.



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Milk Club Endorsement Season



Here are our Milk Club's endorsements for the November 2020 ballot:


United States President & Vice President: Joe Biden & Kamala Harris

U.S. Congress, District 12: Nancy Pelosi

U.S. Congress, District 14: Jackie Speier

CA State Senate, District 11: Jackie Fielder

CA State Assembly, District 17: no position

CA State Assembly, District 19: Phil Ting

District 1 Supervisor: Connie Chan

District 3 Supervisor: Aaron Peskin

District 5 Supervisor: Dean Preston

District 7 Supervisor: #1 Vilaska Nguyen, #2 Myrna Melgar

District 9 Supervisor: Hillary Ronen

District 11 Supervisor: John Avalos

School Board: Kevine Boggess, Alida Fisher, Mark Sanchez

Community College Board: Tom Temprano, Shanell Williams, Alan Wong, Han Zou

BART Board, District 7: Lateefah Simon

BART Board, District 9: Bevan Dufty

AC Transit Board of Directors, Ward 1: Jovanka Beckles

Proposition 14: Bonds authorizing $5.5 billion for state stem cell research. YES

Proposition 15: Tax commercial and industrial properties for education and local government funding. YES

Proposition 16: Repeal Proposition 209 and allow for more diversity. YES

Proposition 17: Restore the right to vote to ex-prisoners. YES

Proposition 18: Permit people 17-years-old the right to vote in primaries and special elections. YES

Proposition 19: Property tax transfers, exemptions, and revenue for wildfire agencies. no position

Proposition 20: Restrict parole for non-violent offenders. NO

Proposition 21: Expand local government's ability to enact rent control. YES

Proposition 22: Exempt app-based transportation and delivery companies from providing employee benefits. NO

Proposition 23: State requirements for kidney dialysis clinics. YES

Proposition 24: Establish the California Privacy Protection Agency. no position

Proposition 25: Replace money bail with a system based on public safety and flight risk. YES

Measure A: Health and homelessness, parks, and streets bond. YES

Measure B: Create a Public Works Commission and a Department and Commission of Sanitation and Streets. YES

Measure C: Remove citizenship requirements for members of city bodies. YES

Measure D: Sheriff's Department oversight. YES

Measure E: Remove the minimum police staffing requirement. YES

Measure F: Business tax overhaul. YES

Measure G: Authorize youths aged 16 and 17 to vote in municipal elections. YES

Measure H: Neighborhood commercial districts and city permitting. no position

Measure I: Real estate transfer tax. YES

Measure J: Parcel Tax for SFUSD. YES

Measure K: Affordable housing authorization. YES

Measure L: Business tax based on comparison of top executive's pay to employees' pay. YES

Measure RR: CalTrain sales tax. YES


Here is our list of completed questionnaires turned in so far:


US House, CA-12: Shahid Buttar


District 1 Supervisor: Connie Chan

District 1 Supervisor: David Lee

District 1 Supervisor: Marjan Philhour

District 1 Supervisor: Marjan Philhour (Candidate Statement)

District 1 Supervisor: Veronica Shinzato


District 3 Supervisor: Aaron Peskin

District 3 Supervisor: Danny Sauter


District 5 Supervisor: Daniel Landry

District 5 Supervisor: Nomvula O'Meara

District 5 Supervisor: Dean Preston


District 7 Supervisor: Stephen Martin-Pinto

District 7 Supervisor: Myrna Melgar

District 7 Supervisor: Emily Murase

District 7 Supervisor: Vilaska Nguyen


District 9 Supervisor: Hillary Ronen


District 11 Supervisor: John Avalos

District 11 Supervisor: Ahsha Safai


School Board: Matt Alexander

School Board: Kevine Boggess

School Board: Alida Fisher

School Board: Jenny Lam

School Board: Tim Murphy

School Board: Michelle Parker

School Board: Mark Sanchez

School Board: Njon Sanders


Community College Board: Aliya Chisti

Community College Board: Anita Martinez

Community College Board: Jeanette Quick

Community College Board: Geramye Teeter

Community College Board: Tom Temprano

Community College Board: Shanell Williams

Community College Board: Han Zhou


District 9 BART Board: Bevan Dufty

AC Transit, Ward 1: Jovanka Beckles


Ballot Measure (Local): Real Estate Transfer Tax Rate Increase

Ballot Measure (Local): Article 34 Authorization for Social Housing


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Remembering Harry Britt

The late Harry Britt with former Milk Club President Gwenn Craig, Jane Fonda, and Tom Hayden at our                                                                                          annual Dinner on May 22nd, 1980. Thank you Gwenn for sharing this photo by Dan Nicoletta.

Harry Britt would not have wanted to be memorialized as a “legend” or a “hero.” But for all of us, he will always stand as a queer icon.

Harry was the chosen political successor of our Club’s namesake, Harvey Milk, and helped define progressive & queer values throughout San Francisco. Harry believed that tepid liberalism kept the powerful satisfied with the status quo and that none of us should rest until there is a fundamental transfer of that power to Queer and Trans folks, Women, People of Color, and those most damaged by the ills of our society. His fight lives on in all of us.

Harry would want us to turn our pain and sorrow into tangible action. The Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club, devastated by this loss, will continue to fight to do just that. Let the pain of this loss ignite a flame inside of all of us to do better for those of us with less. Let that flame grow bigger and brighter in our shared fight for radical racial justice.

No apologies. Black Lives Matter.

Rest in Power Harry.

Please read more about Harry Britt's life, accomplishments, and reactions to his passing here in 48 HillsThe Bay Area ReporterThe San Francisco Examiner, and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Harry Britt's passing on Wednesday will not make us queers timid in the least. In fact, it will make us resist oppression that much harder. Harry wouldn't have it any other way.

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George Floyd


As an LGBTQ political organization, our history is a riot, from Compton’s to Stonewall to the White Night Riot, and every power and right and privilege we have was taken by us, for us, and built with thrown bricks.

We stand in solidarity with those acting and organizing for justice, in Minneapolis and Louisville and everywhere, yesterday and today and tomorrow.

George Floyd and Breonna Taylor deserve justice — as do Oscar Grant, Mario Woods, and so many more — and the systems that murdered them deserve to be dismantled.

Quote by Harry Britt, after the White Night Riots that followed from Harvey Milk’s killer getting away with murder. We didn’t apologize then and shouldn’t start now.


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Ready To Listen Rally



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Virtual Phone Bank for Jackie Fielder

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When: Tuesday, May 26th (6pm-8pm)


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Join the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club to make calls for Jackie Fielder for State Senate 傑基. 菲爾德!

Jackie's a queer, Native American, and Mexicana educator and organizer running for State Senate to fight for California homes for all, a Green New Deal for California, and economic and social justice.

She's taken on Wall Street lobbyists and the fossil fuel industry, and has a track record of fighting for people and winning, even against the odds. She also has the Milk Club's endorsement, and needs our help to get her message out!

Training will be provided; registration is required.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Happy Birthday, Harvey!

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When: Friday, May 22nd (5:30pm-9pm)


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May 22nd is Harvey Milk Day in the State of California—a day of celebration and reflection on the strength of our community all the more resonant as we face COVID-19 together.

Sponsored by the GGBA - Golden Gate Business Association

To commemorate this day, we present a virtual “block party”, hosted on Twitch and Zoom:

This collaborative effort is organized by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman's office, the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District, the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club, the Castro Community Benefit District, “Windows For Harvey” presented by the Castro Merchants Association, the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza, Open House, the GLBT Historical Society, the Tenderloin Museum, the Golden Gate Business Association, and the SF Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund. This joint effort is not just to wish the happiest birthday to Harvey on what would have been his 90th birthday, but also an opportunity to broadcast our solidarity in hope, because as he so often reminded us, “You gotta give ‘em hope.” This event will be something to remember in these difficult and extraordinary times, just as we will one day look back and remember how we came together even when we couldn’t.

Juanita MORE! will hosting with performances by Mercedes Munro and Bionka Simon and the evening’s tracks provided by DJ’s Parks, Kidd, Jim Hopkins and Paul Goodyear.

This is a companion event to Live Drag for our LGBTQ Elders, happening from 4:30-5:30pm, just before the block party.

The event graphics and its theme, Heroes, was originally created for this year’s Windows For Harvey initiative, presented by Castro Merchants. Using Dan Nicoletta’s iconic photo, Harvey is now in medical uniform, a salute to the essential workers who are keeping our city functioning, and the medical personnel who are keeping us safe and healthy. The facemask around Harvey’s neck becomes a Rainbow Flag, to represent our community's strength and resiliency that protect us. The untied strings of Harvey's mask blow in the wind as Harvey’s tie does in Nicoletta’s original photo, which he has shared with us that he sees as a reference to the winds of change swirling around Harvey then, just as they are swirling around us now.

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