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Buttigieg commemorates Harvey Milk Day

Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, who is openly gay, commemorated Harvey Milk Day on Twitter, saying that Milk showed the world "what an out LGBTQ elected leader could do."

"Harvey Milk would have been 89 today," the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Ind., tweeted on Wednesday. "We are forever indebted to him for showing the world what an out LGBTQ elected leader could do - a local official with global impact. Hope will never be silenced. #HarveyMilkDay" 

Milk became one of the country's first openly gay elected officials when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He was assassinated in 1978 and, according to the Harvey Milk Foundation, received death threats daily. 

Harvey Milk day is celebrated every year on May 22, his birthday.

Buttigieg, who married his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, last year, would be the first openly gay president if elected.