The fundamentalist Christian American Family Association (AFA) is up in arms over the issuing of a stamp commemorating the late gay rights icon Harvey Milk.
The stamp was launched at the White House by the United States Postal Service on 22 May, which would have been Milk’s 84th birthday.
Last week, the outraged AFA offensively claimed that the stamp was the “result of seven years of lobbying by a self-described drag queen (a biological man with implanted breasts) and former transsexual prostitute Nicole Murray Ramirez of San Diego.”
It described Milk as a “predator” and argued that he “was a very disreputable man and used his charm and power to prey on young boys with emotional problems and drug addiction. He is the last person we should be featuring on a stamp.”
The AFA added: “Unfortunately, the deed is done. The United States Postal Service honoured a child predator at the whim of a drag queen.”
It urged its members to refuse to accept the Harvey Milk stamp if offered by their post office and “instead, ask for a stamp of the United States flag.”
The AFA also recommended that supporters “refuse to accept mail at your home or business if it is postmarked with the Harvey Milk stamp” and “simply write ‘Return to Sender” on the envelope and tell your postman you won’t accept it.”
Milk is known as America’s first openly gay politician. He was assassinated in 1978 at the age of 48 by a disgruntled city official.
In 2009 he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the US. Harvey Milk Day is marked annually in California.