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On Election Night November 7, 1978 Associated Press photographer Slava "Sal" Veder captured the late gay San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk huddled with local LGBTQ advocates Gwenn Craig and the late Bill Kraus as they waited to see if California voters had defeated a homophobic ballot measure. Craig and Kraus co-led the local committee that worked with Milk to defeat what was known as Proposition 6, which would have banned gays and lesbians and their straight allies from working as public school teachers in the Golden State.

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California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States. With 39.5 million residents across a total area of about 163,696 square miles (423,970 km2), California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area, and is also the world's thirty-fourth most populous subnational entity. California is also the most populated subnational entity in North America. The state capital is Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second-most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County.