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

harvey-milkSan Francisco Supervisor David Campos will introduce legislation today to rename the city’s airport after slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk.

Campos needs five of his colleagues to agree to submit a proposal for the November ballot to create Harvey Milk-San Francisco International Airport. Should the name change take effect, the city would become the world’s first airport honoring an openly gay person, Milk’s nephew, Stuart Milk told The Washington Post.

The airport would serve 68 countries where homosexuality is illegal, a fact, Milk said, would give “ young gay people in an illegal place…the green light to authenticity.”

“It’s a major representation that (they) are being celebrated somewhere in the world in a high-level way,” he added.

San Francisco International sees some 41 million passengers pass through its gates every year, “and the idea that millions of people can learn about Harvey Milk and what he represented is very moving,” Campos said.

Harvey Milk was one of the first openly gay person elected to public office in the United States when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He was tragically assassinated, along with Mayor George Moscone, over a year later by fellow city supervisor Dan White.

“Renaming the airport for Harvey Milk would be an international symbol of hope and freedom, and an enormous educational opportunity,” said John O’Connor, Equality California Executive Director. “This is a chance to lead the world and affect positive change on a global scale.”

According to Campos, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors could vote on the amendment in as little as two weeks.

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