Penn Fights for 'Harvey Milk Day'

Holiday would honor activist's birthday
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 3, 2009 1:43 PM CST
Rep. Barbara Lee, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Stuart Milk, Harvey's nephew, applaud during a dedication and unveiling of a bust of Harvey Milk in San Francisco, Nov. 25, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Sean Penn today joined the push to recognize Harvey Milk's birthday in California, Variety reports. State senator Mark Leno is re-introducing a bill seeking a statewide “day of significance” on May 22, the birthday of the gay activist Penn won an Oscar for portraying. Schools would be encouraged to mark the day, but the bill won’t cost the state anything, Leno said. (Read more Sean Penn stories.)