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A rainbow tribute will light up Harvey Milk Plaza next month

Harvey Milk Plaza
Photograph: Courtesy Illuminate Harvey Milk Plaza light installation

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Harvey Milk's election to the Board of Supervisors this November, Illuminate (the sparkling geniuses behind the Bay Lights and Photosynthesis at the Conservatory of Flowers) will light up Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro with a special rainbow memorial. 

Starting November 8, a circle of rainbow-colored lights called "Harvey's Halo" will be located on the roof of the Soul Cycle building that faces the plaza—marking 40 years since Milk was elected on November 8, 1977 as the first openly gay elected official in the country. The 15 rainbow beacons will be on display for seven consecutive nights. 

"The art is designed to honor the life and legacy of Harvey Milk through light’s power of attraction," said Illuminate's executive director Ben Davis. 

A white neon sign reading "Hope will never be silent" — a famous quote from Milk—will also be permanently installed on the building's facade as a poignant welcome to anyone entering the historic neighborhood.