Scott Smith (activist)
Scott Smith pushing shopping cart with Castro Camera signs at Gay Freedom Day Parade, 1976
October 21, 1948|
Key West, Florida, U.S.
|Died||February 4, 1995
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Known for||Relationship with and campaign manager for Harvey Milk, LGBT rights activism|
Smith was born in Key West, Florida, and grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. He then attended Memphis State University before moving to New York City in 1969, where he met Harvey Milk, moving with him to San Francisco three years later, where the couple founded Castro Camera.
Smith was instrumental to Milk's career as an activist and politician. He organized and managed Milk's campaigns for public office from 1974 to 1977 and his influence was widely in evidence after Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Smith was well known for orchestrating the Coors Beer boycott and putting Milk at the forefront of the issue, creating one of the first public displays of power by the gay community.
There are hundreds of images of Smith, taken by Milk and others, in the Harvey Milk Archives/Scott Smith Collection at the San Francisco Public Library. After being discharged from the United States Navy, Milk spent many hours taking pictures. Smith was his favorite model; sometimes Milk spent entire rolls of film just taking pictures of Smith.