Perhaps the most famous LGBTQ elected official in history, Harvey Milk did not have an easy electoral road, running unsuccessfully his first three times. Yet in 1976, he was appointed by San Francisco Mayor George Moscone to the Board of Permit Appeals, making him the first out LGBTQ commissioner in the United States. The following year, in November 1977, Milk won his election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first out LGBTQ elected official in California and using his position to fight anti-LGBTQ efforts in the state. On November 27, 1978, Milk and Mayor Moscone were assassinated by a former member of the Board of Supervisors in city hall.
San Francisco Board of Supervisors (1978)