Having been resoundingly honored for his onscreen portrayal of Harvey Milk, Sean Penn is now calling for a high honor for Milk, asking for an official “Harvey Milk Day” in California to commemorate the slain San Francisco politician and gay rights activist.


Surrounded by some of the real-life characters behind the biopic “Milk” — Milk’s friends and early activists Cleve Jones and Anne Kronenberg, state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (who had a cameo in the film) and a host of gay and lesbian leaders — Penn deftly sidestepped the question [of whether he would run for public office].

“The closet,” he said looking around at the leaders behind him, “is brimming with skills.”

But the actor — who won the best actor Oscar this year for his lead role in “Milk” — did speak strongly on his belief that a state day, May 22, to officially recognize the accomplishments of Milk. And he predicted his fellow actor, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, will get behind it.

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