Milk, Harvey, 1930-1978

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1930-05-22
Death 1978-11-27
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Harvey Milk, a San Francisco politician and gay rights activist, was born in Woodmere, New York on May 22, 1930. Joe Campbell was born on November 4, 1936. Milk and Campbell met at Riis Park Beach, Queens, New York in July 1956 and their relationship lasted into 1962. Much later Milk later moved to San Francisco, entered politics, and was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone in 1978.

In the 1960s Campbell was a member of the Andy Warhol crowd and was dubbed the "Sugar Plum Fairy" by Dorothy Dean, a friend from that set. Campbell appeared in the Warhol film My Hustler (1965) as the character Sugar Plum Fairy, and Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side (1972) contains a reference to Campbell by that moniker as well.

Later Joe Campbell had a significant relationship with Oliver "Bill" Sipple, a former Marine. Sipple came into the public eye in 1975 for thwarting an assassination attempt on the life of Gerald Ford. Joe Campbell died on October 2, 2005.

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Subjects:

  • Gays--Political activity
  • Nineteen seventies
  • Speeches, addresses, etc., American
  • Gay men--Correspondence
  • Gay liberation movement
  • Gay men--United States--Biography
  • Gay politicians
  • Politicians

Occupations:

not available for this record

Places:

  • San Francisco (Calif.) (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • California--San Francisco (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)