SAN DIEGO -- In recognition of gay civil rights leader Harvey Milk's birthday, two community members have organized a walk of remembrance and a toast this evening from 7-8 pm.
Community members are invited to meet in front of The San Diego LGBT Community Center to take a stroll down the nation's first Harvey Milk Street, which was unveiled in Hillcrest a year ago. The street runs from Centre Street to Cleveland Avenue.
After the walk, the group will head to the Hillcrest Brewing Company, located a block away, which is known as the nation's first gay microbrewery.
Steven Shultz and Caleb Rainey, co-organizers of tonight's Toast to Harvey Milk, planned the celebration because they wanted to honor Milk locally on his actual birthday.
"We realized there was nothing really going on in San Diego to honor Harvey Milk on May 22, his actual birthday, so we wanted to plan a nice, simple event for the community to come together and honor him on that day," Rainey and Shultz said in a joint statement. "The walk route highlights San Diego's Harvey Milk Street -- the first in the nation -- and we hope this can grow into a beloved annual tradition."
The pair also said that they will make an announcement at tonight's event about a free event that is being organized the morning of Friday, May 24, for those who weren't able to get tickets to the sold-out Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast presented annually by The Center.
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