An anti-gay family group in California has labelled slain San Francisco city supervisor and gay political pioneer Harvey Milk (pictured) a pedophile in an effort to attack schools that celebrate Harvey Milk Day.
This year’s Harvey Milk Day fell on a Sunday. However, schools may hold events to celebrate Milk’s contribution to the fight for civil rights for GLBT Americans in the week before or after the day.
In 1964, in his early 30s, Milk began a relationship with Jack McKinley, a theatrical stage manager who was 16 years old when they met in New York.
The age of consent in California is 18. The SaveCalifornia group, which campaigns almost exclusively in opposition to GLBT rights, says this means that children are being made to celebrate a “sexual predator” in schools even though the age of consent is 16 in most US states.
McKinley was over 18 when he and Milk first travelled together to California.
The couple broke up after a five-year relationship and all Milk’s other relationships were with people who were over the age of consent.
SaveCalifornia claims that celebrating Harvey Milk Day will lead to school children participating in “cross-dressing contests, mock gay-pride parades and mock gay weddings”.