LGBT rights pioneer, Harvey Milk, will be introduced to a new generation of young readers in an upcoming picture book. The 40-page book, which features colorful illustrations, will also stand as a tribute to the rainbow flag’s creator, Gilbert Baker, who died recently at age 65. Milk’s friendship with the artist is detailed throughout.
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag, written by Rob Sanders, promises to be a story “of love, of equality, of hope and of pride.” The book touches on Milk’s early years in New York, him becoming the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California in 1977, and his assassination the following year.
The Florida-based writer also teaches elementary school, and therefore felt “the history of the Pride flag and its importance to our community was one kids needed to read about and celebrate.”
Though the book won’t be available until spring 2018, it’s already been praised by Harvey Milk Foundation President Stuart Milk, who is Harvey’s nephew. The book, he said, “will inspire the next generation of hope givers, who are our world’s youth.”