Bid to rename San Francisco Airport after Harvey Milk shelved

San Francisco International Airport will not be named after slain gay rights icon Harvey Milk

Bid to rename San Francisco Airport after Harvey Milk shelved
09 May 2013

A San Francisco lawmaker abandons bid to rename the city’s international airport after Milk due to opposition from Maor Edwin Lee and local press.

Supervisor David Campos said he would instead plan to pursue getting an airport terminal named in Milk’s honor, although it is doubted that not even the international terminal, would be a contender.

Campos stated that fellow politicians, business leaders and members of the public wanted the airport renamed, reported USAToday.

Supporters have expressed their wide disappointment on Facebook and Twitter.

Campos proposes a compromise instead, to have a committee recommend which of San Francisco International’s four passenger terminals should be named for Milk.

The committee, to be appointed by the mayor and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, will have three months to make its recommendation, although it has been suggested that the international terminal would not be a main contender for the bid.

It also will be asked to suggest other airport structures that could be named in honor of other prominent San Franciscans.

Campos stated: ‘We wanted to do it in a way that was a unifying thing as opposed to having a political fight.

‘And we believe that is the best way to honor Harvey.’

Milk’s nephew, Stuart Milk, pro gay rights advocate, who heads a foundation named for his late uncle, voiced his support of the idea.

‘We have work to do in the U.S., don’t get me wrong, but where Harvey was 35 years ago is where so much of the world is today, so I think that is what resonates the most,’ stated Stuart Milk.

Harvey Milk is acknowledged worldwide with an LGBT community center named after him in Italy, as well as biographical film that became a global hit.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Old for new? Getting sporty with Range Rover

As the world steals glimpses of the brand new Range Rover Sport we test the 2012/13 model (outgoing series MY2012) and question why people love this great British marque?
No thumbnail available

London Pride gets ‘go’ with parade, party and rally

Lesbian tennis superstar Martina Navratilova to launch week of events. Summer Rites music festival added. Gala dinner with London mayor
No thumbnail available

First openly gay man appointed to California Court of Appeals

Jim Humes is historic appointee of Governor Jerry Brown
No thumbnail available

Happy anniversary! 10 love nests to celebrate 1 year of gay marriage in England and Wales

29 March marks 12 months since the first same-sex wedding in Britain
No thumbnail available

Another high profile Prop 8 backer arrested

Another campaigner for the outlawing of same-sex marriage in California has been charged by police for committing a crime
No thumbnail available

Here is the new trailer for UK's 'biggest gay drama' Cucumber, Banana, Tofu

Russell T Davies, who created Queer As Folk, is back in Manchester to celebrate gay life
No thumbnail available

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni calls gays 'disgusting' in interview and tells US to 'just keep quiet'

'Let us manage our society if we are wrong we will find out by ourselves'
No thumbnail available

Oregon poised to have the first openly bisexual governor in US

Secretary of State Kate Brown will take over after embattled Governor John Kitzhaber resigns from office
No thumbnail available

No gay marriage in the Cook Islands, says prime minister

Despite ties to New Zealand, the Cook Islands will not proceeding with legalizing gay marriage
No thumbnail available

Seattle elects openly gay mayor Ed Murray

Washington state Senator Ed Murray appears to have won Seattle’s mayoral election – making him the first openly gay man to hold that office