The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk
- Written by Randy Shilts
- Paperback: 400 pages
The Mayor of Castro Street is Shilts's acclaimed story of Harvey Milk, the man whose personal life, public career, and tragic assassination mirrored the dramatic and unprecedented emergence of the gay community in America during the 1970s.
Known as "The Mayor of Castro Street" even before he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Harvey Milk's personal and political life is a story full of personal tragedies and political intrigues, assassinations at City Hall, massive riots in the streets, the miscarriage of justice, and the consolidation of gay power and gay hope.
The Mayor of Castro Street is a story of personal tragedies and political intrigues, assassination in City Hall and massive riots in the streets, the miscarriage of justice and the consolidation of gay power and gay hope.
Harvey Milk has been the subject of numerous books and movies, including the Academy Award–winning 1984 documentary, The Times of Harvey Milk. His life is also the basis of a 2008 major motion picture, Milk, starring Sean Penn.
The National Archives (NARA) engages, educates, and inspires multiple audiences to discover and explore the records of the American people.
Its collection documents the experience of the full range of our diverse society. Its records constitute a rich documentary history of the experience of LGBT individuals.
NARA's holdings include:
1778 documentation of the expulsion of a gay officer, Lt. Frederick Enslin from the U.S. Army during the Revolutionary War; Personnel records of former federal employee Walt Whitman; Patent applications of Alan Turing, the British mathematician widely considered the father of the computer age, and subject of the docu-drama Codebreaker and the feature film The Imitation Game; Court filings from pioneering DC political activist Frank Kameny protesting his dismissal from government service because he was gay; A letter to President Carter from Harvey Milk, one of the first openly-gay elected officials in the United States; The legislation that overturned the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell military policy; The Defense of Marriage Act and the Supreme Court decision which overturned it.