Harvey Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) was an American politician and the first openly gay elected official in the history of California, where he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Despite a short career in politics, Milk became an icon in San Francisco and a martyr in the gay community. In 2002, Milk was called “the most famous and most significantly open LGBT official ever elected in the United States”. Anne Kronenberg, his final campaign manager, wrote of him: “What set Harvey apart from you or me was that he was a visionary. He imagined a righteous world inside his head and then he set about to create it for real, for all of us.”
Milk was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, and now there is an award given to businesses in honor of Milk that exemplifies his passion for diversity.
Thanks to a robust partnership with The LGBT+ Center of Orlando (The Center), Addition Financial has received the first-ever Harvey Milk Diversity in Business Award. This award recognizes a local business that celebrates and promotes diversity and inclusion in their business team.
As a gold-level member of The Center, Addition Financial has supported a variety of events and initiatives to serve the LGBT+ community.
“At Addition Financial, we are proud to live and work in a community that celebrates diversity. As a credit union, we know the value of promoting inclusion within our organization and among our membership, and we are honored to receive the Harvey Milk Diversity in Business Award from The LGBT+ Center of Orlando,” said Kevin Miller, President, and CEO of Addition Financial.
In 2018, Addition Financial participated in the Come Out With Pride Parade as an ATM sponsor and supported The Center’s 40th Annual Celebration and The Center’s expansion to Kissimmee. The credit union also provides financial education workshops at The Center, covering topics such as establishing credit, first-time home buying, and auto buying. They also participate in job fairs at The Center and promote employment opportunities at Addition Financial.
“Addition Financial is our neighbor, but they are also a business member, a sponsor, and a partner to The Center. They give back to the community in a lot of ways. They are friendly and supportive, and work well with us,” said George Wallace, Executive Director of The Center.
As part of this partnership, Addition Financial has also hosted a Jeans Day fundraiser in remembrance of the Pulse tragedy, raising funds to support The Center. This summer, Addition Financial will also host representatives from The Center and Zebra Coalition on the credit union’s internal podcast, WeConnect, to provide training on diversity and inclusion.