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San Fran To Consider Renaming Int’l Airport After Gay Rights Pioneer Harvey Milk

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By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Jan 15, 2013
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    • Wilbready
      Wilbready

      I love the idea! As long as there is a place within the airport for people to read about the struggles of the LGBT community. Otherwise, a simple name change wouldn’t mean much. I certainly did not and still do not know who Fred Murrah was, but he had a building in Oklahoma City named after him.

      Jan 15, 2013 at 11:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • petensfo
      petensfo

      I would LOVE that!

      I’m always annoyed when I have to fly into Bush or god-forbid, Reagan! ugh.

      Jan 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • yaoming
      yaoming

      Seems unlikely, but it would be nice.

      Jan 15, 2013 at 12:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gppm1103
      gppm1103

      It’s a great idea, but it always seems like when they do these things…the name gets lost.

      Mineta San Jose International. Nobody says Mineta…just San Jose.

      Washington Reagan is remembered for Reagan because it is saying which airport it is, from the others…Dulles, BWI, Dulles uses his name also.

      JFK…John F Kennedy International knows who the airport is named after. I think Bush is kind of lost at Hobby in Houston.

      This is great. My partner actually went to his rallies in the ’70′s, but is anyone going to use his name and remember him? Or will it just be SFO, San Francisco International? Maybe his name in front of the big sign on the terminal as you pull in will make a difference.

      Do it San Francisco…let’s see!

      Jan 15, 2013 at 1:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      The name is an easy one to say, I could see people saying “And then we land at Harvey Milk at 5pm” Just like they say O’Hare, or JFK.

      Cool if they end up doing it.

      Jan 15, 2013 at 2:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael Bedwell
      Michael Bedwell

      ATTENTION MR: BRATHWAITE! Whatever his real accomplishments, Harvey Milk was NOT “the first openly gay person elected to public office in the United States.” He wasn’t even the second. He was THE FIFTH!

      1st – Kathy Kozachenko (Ann Arbor, Mich., City Council, April 1, 1974)
      2nd – Elaine Noble (Massachusetts House of Representatives, November 5, 1974)
      3rd – Allan Spear (Minnesota State Senate, reelected November 1976 after coming out, in office, in 1974) He was also the first out gay leader of a state legislature [not CA’s John Perez as the Courage Campaign claimed] serving as the Senate’s President from 1992-2000. In all, he was there 28 years, and led the successful fight to pass the 1993 Minnesota Human Rights Act, the first state law to include both sexual orientation and gender identity in protection from discrimination employment, education, public accommodation, and housing.
      4th – Jim Yeadon (Madison, Wis., City Council, April 1977). He’d been chosen by other council members to fill a vacancy in October of 1976, but didn’t win the seat by public vote until the following April.
      5th – Harvey Milk (San Francisco Board of Supervisors, November 1977)

      Jan 15, 2013 at 4:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jwrappaport
      jwrappaport

      @petensfo: Tell me about it. I live in DC and fly through Houston all the time. I always say “National” and “Houston” – never “Reagan” or “Bush.” Don’t just do it for the gays, but for all the ATCs whose lives Reagan ruined in the ’81 strike.

      Jan 15, 2013 at 6:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • frshmn
      frshmn

      @Michael Bedwell: First openly gay man elected without being priorly appointed or elected while still closeted ;) It was monumental also taking place in a major city, but I agree that other trailblazer accomplishments shouldnt be discounted.

      Jan 15, 2013 at 7:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • FStratford
      FStratford

      @Michael Bedwell:

      Oh please. These other people may have been elected first but have they contributed as much? No! Typical of midwestern politicians, they chose to play the game and not cause a stir.

      Harvey Milk did not. He paid his life for it. Let’s keep things in perspective.

      Jan 15, 2013 at 7:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve Rosenberger
      Steve Rosenberger

      Harvey would love this! Would SFO become HMO? Please? Please!

      Jan 15, 2013 at 11:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael Bedwell
      Michael Bedwell

      Many thank to the author for correcting the statement about Harvey’s place in the timeline of out elected gay officials.

      @ frshmn: the original assertion did not specify “gay man,” but any gay person period. I appreciate your agreement that other trailblazers before him deserve recogniton, but your discounting of the fact that both Spear and Yeadon STILL had to be accepted by voters is unrealistic as is asserting that Harvey’s election in the gayest city in America was a bigger hurdle than Noble and Spear being elected to STATE office.

      @ FStratford: perhaps you should take a class in Reading for Comprehension. But I REPEAT that Spear succeeded in getting the first STATE LAW banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity—HARDLY “not caus[ing] a stir.” Noble shook things up, too, in her STATE legislator position, and could well have been assassinated herself. She got multiple death threats, her office was vandalized, and someone literally spit in her face. BOTH of their elections generated the AT LEAST THE SAME amount of national and international positive publicity that Milk’s did years later. It’s sacrilege to the uneducated True Believers but he is NOT famous because he was elected, nor anything he accomplished in office, but because he was killed. Other gay legislators since in California have accomplished much more but because they weren’t murdered no one outside of the state or Movement knows their names.

      Jan 16, 2013 at 1:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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