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Harvey Bernard Milk was born on May 22 1930 at Woodmere Hospital in Long Island New York His official name derived from his Lithuanian ancestry was Glimpy Milch He graduated from Albany State College in 1951 where he had majored in math and minored in history Milk entered the Navy shortly after he finished college and advanced to the rank of chief petty officer on the USS Kittyhawk only to be dishonorably discharged when his homosexuality was discovered His life travels took him to Dallas Texas and back to New York before he finally ended up in California Like thousands of other Gay people Milk migrated to San Francisco in the early 1970s Even though he is a gay person he would make a good president He also captures the zeitgeist meaning the spirit of the time the taste and outlook characteristic of a period or generation Dalleck addresses five qualities that successful presidents have typically manifested vision pragmatism charisma trust and an ability to build consensus Harvey Milk meets them all He captures the zeitgeist because he is a big thinker My name is Harvey Milk and Im here to recruit you This was Milks standard opening line when he gave a stump speech After this sarcastic allusion to the notion that homosexuals recruited other people into changing their sexual orientation he would proceed to recruit support for the populist issues to which he dedicated his life He fought to secure the place for homosexuals in society as equals not as people who were just tolerated He professed the importance of Gay people seeking leadership positions in society and not relying on non-Gay friends of the community to act as the leaders of the movement He captures the zeitgeist because he can get things done He was aware of the tremendous discrimination and prejudice that confronted gays and lesbians Under his urging the city council passed a Gay Rights Ordinance
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