Milk explores the life of the first openly gay politician to be elected to public office in California, Harvey Milk. Gay Rights Activist. Friend. Lover. Unifier. Politician. Fighter. Icon. Inspiration. Hero. His life changed history, and his courage changed lives. Set in San Francisco in the late 1970s, the film gives a rich insight into Milk's complex relations with the politics of the time, as wellas those with his friends, foes, admirers and lifelong rival, Dan White.