photo credit: Dan Nicoletta

The Harvey Milk Foundation announced via their Facebook page today that the United States Postal Service will issue a stamp in honor of LGBT political icon Harvey Milk.

The announcement makes Milk, who made history as the first openly gay man to win political office in California when he was elected to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors in 1977, the first openly LGBT official ever featured on U.S. postage.

“Harvey Milk’s legacy is alive and well,” said Chuck Wolfe, President and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute. “His historic run paved the way for a new generation of LGBT leaders who can be open and honest about who they are, and it’s encouraging to see the U.S. Postal Service honoring his legacy of perseverance and pride today.”

The stamp is expected to be introduced in 2014.

Photo credit: Dan Nicoletta