Stuart Milk



Stuart Milk (born December 26, 1960) is an American LGBT human rights activist and political speaker. Stuart, nephew of the late civil rights pioneer Harvey Milk, is the co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation. Milk's activism and work has been both domestic and international, such as his support of LGBT movements in Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In addition to his human service work, he has been a public speaker on LGBT rights at colleges, universities and public events including for Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, University of San Francisco, SUNY, Central European University, University of Oxford, University of San Diego, as lead speaker or grand marshal for numerous LGBT Pride parades including San Francisco and Orlando in 2008, Istanbul and Madrid in 2009, Boston and San Diego in 2010, Pittsburgh and Budapest in 2011. He has provided keynote addresses at political conventions, including both the California Democratic Convention and Florida statewide conventions in 2009 and 2010.


In addition to his role as Milk family spokesperson, Stuart has been working to shepherd and grow his late uncle's legacy at the international, national and state level. He has successfully advocated for recognition for his late uncle in the now annual state holiday, Harvey Milk Recognition Day, in California; the induction of his uncle into the California Hall of Fame; accepting the United States' highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, on behalf of his uncle from President Obama; co-founding the international Harvey Milk Foundation; and the development of several new LGBT centers named after Harvey in foreign nations. Stuart also sits as a director on boards and advisory boards of numerous human rights, LGBT rights and Youth advocacy organizations including the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), Equality California, International Conference on Disadvantaged Youth, the Coalition for Workforce Solutions, and the International Committee for Minority Justice and Equality. Stuart Milk has travelled to a broad range of foreign nations advocating for human rights inclusive of the LGBT community while working collaboratively with other diminished and marginalized populations. Stuart Milk was credited in working to get legislation signed creating an annual California State Day of Recognition named after his late uncle in 2009, earning him Equality California's Champion Award that year.

In 2010 he worked with then California First Lady Maria Shriver in designing the first public museum exhibit on Harvey Milk in Sacramento and he accepted his Uncle's medal and induction into the California Hall of Fame from the Governor. Following a meeting with Milk during his 2011 'Human Rights Tour" for Equality Italia, Italy's Minister of Equal Opportunities. Mara Carafagna stated "Milk is a leader who is able to change my mind". After the meeting, she publicly reversed her opposition to a proposed anti-homophobia law saying "I now see it is important for my government to protect against homophobia and create gay friendly workplaces". Milk helped develop a 2011 professional International Conference for youth educators working along with the Center For Excellence in School Counseling at San Diego State University. Senior Federal Government officials, including the US Department Education (Assistant Secretary), were brought together with local stakeholders from across the globe - San Diego Mayor Sanders, school superintendents, faculty, counselors, and parent/student advocates - to define and dissect time proven best practices to support LGBT youth while in school creating "a climate of change that should save young lives" per the coverage of this San Diego event. Milk is also involved with a Global LGBT Transitions and Interchange Congress being presented in early 2012 with the support of EU officials and the European private sector.