C.O.C. meant Cultuur en Ontspannings-Centrum, or Centre for Culture and Leisure, a reminder of the pseudonym the organisation initially adopted after its foundation in 1946. COC is the oldest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender organisation in the world.
Harvey Milk's dream for a better tomorrow filled with the hope for equality and a world without hate guides the Foundation. Harvey Milk's ground breaking election in 1978 as one of the world's first openly gay elected officials-and its most visible one- symbolized the freedom to live life with authenticity to millions of LGBT women and men around the world.