Celebs, City Leaders Unite in SF for Film Premiere

Harvey Milk remembered in Gus Van Sant-directed movie

Celebrities will join city leaders and residents Tuesday to remember the life of San Francisco Supervisor and gay rights activist Harvey Milk.

Next month marks 30 years since Milk was gunned down inside San Francisco City Hall.  His life and work is being remembered in a film called "Milk," which premieres Tuesday night in the Castro District. Sean Penn portrays Milk in the film.

A San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency streetcar with biographical tidbits of his life posted inside will also be dedicated in honor of Milk on Tuesday.

The dedication of the No. 1051 streetcar will be held at 11 a.m. on 17th Street between Market and Castro streets. Supervisors Tom Ammiano and  Bevan Dufty, Muni Executive Director Nathaniel Ford, Market Street Railway Board of Directors President Rich Laubascher, Milk's nephew Stuart Milk and  many of Harvey Milk's friends are scheduled to attend.

Milk rode the Muni everyday from his home in Castro to his job at San Francisco City Hall and was the first city official to have a Fast Pass for the system. He worked to better public transportation in the city, according to Muni.

The streetcar, painted as a Muni vehicle from the 70s, will then  make a symbolic trip on Castro Street to 11th Street. The ceremony will close 17th Street between Noe and Market streets  from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

"Milk," a movie directed by Gus Van Sant about the life and death of the supervisor, will make its debut at the Castro Theater at 7 p.m.

 Ex-supervisor Dan White shot and killed Milk in in his office at city hall in November 1978 . White also killed San Francisco Mayor George Moscone in that same shooting incident.

The premiere will affect the 24-Divisadero and 35-Eureka Muni  lines. It will also close the east side parking lane of Market street in  front of the theater from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., the northbound traffic lane and  sidewalk from 4 to 11 p.m., and the southbound traffic lane from 6 to 11 p.m.

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