SEAN PENN ADVOCATES FOR HARVEY MILK DAY

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FROM PEOPLE

Oh God yes…

My hero…

Fresh from his BEST ACTOR OSCAR win for portraying slain gay rights leader HARVEY MILK, SEAN PENN joined politicians and activists in California last Tuesday to push for a day to honour the man he played in the film MILK.

HARVEY MILK DAY on MAY 22 would not be a holiday, but teachers would recall how the San Francisco supervisor fought for equal rights before his assassination more than 30 years ago.

“It is important that we remember Harvey Milk for his spirit, his courage and his activism,” SEAN, dressed entirely in black, told reporters gathered at San Francisco’s TOSCA CAFE, which shares the name of HARVEY’S favourite opera.

“Harvey taught us the importance of standing up for what you believe in. He showed us the value of never giving up and he proved that action creates change.”

SEAN was joined by politicians and civil rights leaders, including gay rights activist CLEVE JONES (who was portrayed in MILK by EMILE HIRSCH).

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