City council representatives vote 8-0 to honor first gay politician in the state
San Diego, California will rename Blaine Avenue to Harvey Milk Street.
Blaine Avenue, located in the largely gay Hillcrest neighborhood, leads up to the area’s LGBT Center.
Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California , served in the US Navy and was stationed in San Diego in the 1950s. Milk served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for 11 months before he was assassinated in San Francisco in 1978.
Throughout his campaigns and even after his death, Harvey Milk proved instrumental in shifting gay rights into the national spotlight.
San Diego Commissioner Nicole Ramirez, who also serves as chair of the GLBT Historic Task Force, helped spearhead the effort to rename the street.
‘Harvey Milk has become a global leader for those who wish for gay civil rights and equality,’ Ramirez said.
‘It’s not just a street you’re naming. You’ll be giving a clear symbol to that young gay man or that young lesbian woman that they too can reach the highest offices.
Politicians and other groups have joined the GLBT Historic Task Force in requesting the US Navy name a ship after the late activist.