New Biography Explores The 'Lives' of Harvey Milk

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Personal possessions of the late San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk are displayed during the grand opening of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender History Museum on January 12, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Lillian Faderman's new biography of Harvey Milk looks beyond his iconic status as San Francisco's first openly-gay supervisor, and delves into the musings and misadventures that brought him to California. "Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death" explores Milk's short career in theater, his stint in the Navy and his days working on Wall Street. Faderman is also the author of "The Gay Revolution," a history about the struggle for gay and lesbian rights. Faderman joins Forum to talk about her new book and Harvey Milk's life before -- and after -- he moved to San Francisco.

Faderman will be appearing at the Mechanics' Institute at 6:30 p.m., May 22.

Lillian Faderman, author, "Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death"