Sunday marked the 33rd anniversary of the slayings of Harvey Milk and mayor George Moscone, and a group of 100 or so LGBT folk and their admirers gathered at the corner of Castro and Market (Harvey Milk Plaza) yesterday evening to commemorate the event with a candlelight vigil. Milk's nephew, Stuart Milk, issued a statement through the Harvey Milk Foundation saying, "Today the memory of both men stand as beacons of light not just in San Francisco, not just in California and not just in the US, but across the globe to all who are diminished for simply being authentic."
Supervisors David Campos and Scott Wiener also spoke at the event, with Wiener saying "I've been coming to these events for the past 10 years. Now as an elected Supervisor, this event has become more meaningful." Says Glendon Hyde (a.k.a. Anna Conda), who helped lead the procession, "Tonight's March to commemorate Harvey Milk was very moving. I needed a reminder that outside the box is where change comes from and how it's my Queer duty to stand proudly outside."
The group, led by lively marching-band ensemble playing "As the Saints Go Marching In," marched down Market Street and back up 18th, carrying candles and painted Harvey heads throughout the neighborhood Milk called home.