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Nephew of gay icon continues to spread message of equality, pride

Stuart Milk

As a field general during the earliest battles of the modern LGBT rights movement, Harvey Milk’s primary weapon was a red and white bullhorn. The Fanon Transistorized Megaphone became a part of Milk’s political combat uniform, used to rally an army of San Francisco queers, street kids and liberals against centuries-old oppression of homosexuals.

The iconic megaphone amplified Milk’s words so loudly that they still echo today, almost 35 years after Milk was killed for fighting on behalf of gay liberation.

Milk’s election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors made him one of the first openly gay elected officials in America, but a conservative fellow lawmaker assassinated him in 1978. Now Milk has a new type of megaphone to make sure his message and spirit remain as boisterous as they were when he was riling up a rebellion in the streets of San Francisco during the 1970s.

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Ben Cohen, Stuart Milk named honorary grand marshals for Atlanta Pride

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Today the Atlanta Pride Committee announced two honorary grand marshals for its Oct. 14 parade and both star power with them.

Ben Cohen, the hunky retired rugby star from across the pond who founded his StandUp Foundation in Atlanta to combat anti-gay bullying and homophobia in sports will ride in this year's parade as an honorary grand marshal.

And Stuart Milk, the nephew of Harvey Milk, one of the world's most renowned gay activists who was assassinated 1978, also brings his message of equality to Atlanta Pride.