Gay rights activist and public official who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California in 1978.
He spent time employed as a teacher, insurance actuary and researcher for Bache & Company.
He became a martyr in the gay community after he was assassinated by Dan White, another city supervisor who had recently resigned but wanted his job back, after just eleven months in office.
Had a six-year relationship with Joe Campbell from 1956 to 1962.
He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
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