Organizers for the tenth annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast in Palm Springs were thrilled as event held at the Palm Springs Convention Center sold out Wednesday.
According to Palm Springs City Councilman Geoff Kors, speaking to the Los Angeles Blade Wednesday morning after the event, 1200 people which included 350 high school students were in attendance. The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast of the Coachella Valley is sponsored by Greater Palm Springs Pride and the proceeds benefit area LGBTQ Youth Groups, California Safe Schools, and the Gay Straight Alliance clubs in Coachella Valley schools.
“The breakfast started out as a small brunch hosted by Equality California to honor Harvey Milk after then State Senator Mark Leno was able to get Harvey Milk Day established in California,” Kors said adding; “There were maybe 100 people at first to attend and now I believe we are the largest in the nation.”
This year’s keynote speaker was California State Controller Betty T Yee, who in addition to her duties as State Controller, also serves as Vice President of California Women Lead, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for women holding or interested in running for political office.
In addition to Yee, the event featured presentation of awards to the GSA of the year and GSA Adviser/Ally of the year. There were also youth speakers from around the Coachella Valley, videos, and a musical program.
“I think the most amazing thing for me is that there was no such thing as a GSA or even being out when I was growing up [as a young gay youth]”, Kors said. “This is such a change- so positive for youth to be able to have these resources.
“It’s truly the world Harvey spoke about,” he added.