Having visited San Francisco, it is really hard for me to imagine San Francisco as anything other than a bastion of liberalism. Ok, I know that San Francisco doesn’t allow same-sex marriages, but that is a statewide law, but it is hard to imagine the city without The Castro district. However up until at least the late 1970s there was a substantial bias against the LBGT communities in the city.
Milk tells the story of Harvey Milk, which is also the story of the gay community in San Francisco to be treated the same as everyone else. Penn sympathetically portrays Milk as a dreamer with a mission to secure public office. The film is a beautifully shot period piece.
Milk was eventually killed alongside San Francisco mayor George Moscone (the famous Moscone convention centre was named after the mayor) by conservative political rival Dan White.