Continuing the posts about our headline speakers for the 2016 National Festival of LGBT History, we are delighted to have a guest all the way from the USA.
Stuart Milk is a global LGBT human rights activist and political speaker. He’s also the nephew of the late US civil rights campaigner Harvey Milk. Stuart’s Uncle Harvey was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, and was responsible for passing a gay rights ruling for the city of San Francisco in 1978. In that same year, Harvey was assassinated by Dan White, who was also serving in public office.
Stuart, who says that his uncle’s assassination destroyed the ‘closet door’ and inspired him to come out, is the co-founder and president of the Harvey Milk Foundation. Travelling the world speaking on public policy and civil rights issues, he’s received numerous international awards for his work.
Stuart will be in Bristol for several days and has a packed schedule of meetings, public events and media appearances. In particular he will be doing the following:
- Mon. Feb 15th: Formal opening of our Revealing Stories exhibition at UWE
- Tues. Feb. 16th: The Claire Cavanagh Show on BBC Radio Bristol
- Wed. Feb 17th: The Women’s Outlook Show on Ujima Radio
- Wed. Feb 17th: Public event at Bristol University
- Thurs. Feb 18th: Public event at Bath University (sadly invitation only)
- Friday. Feb 19th: Civic Launch of the LGBT History Festival Weekend
- Sat. Feb 20th: Closing address of that day’s events at the LGBT History Festival
Recently Stuart talked to Cheryl Morgan for Shoutout Radio. You can listen to the broadcast here.