San Diego names street after gay activist Harvey Milk

City council representatives vote 8-0 to honor first gay politician in the state 

San Diego names street after gay activist Harvey Milk
09 May 2012

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.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

'God hates Starbucks' say anti-gay Christians

Christians are being urged to boycott Starbucks after the coffee chain backed gay marriage in the US
No thumbnail available

Activists highlight Iraqi gay killings

New film released by Gay Middle East as US forces leave Iraq – 750 LGBT people murdered since 2003 invasion
No thumbnail available

Is there hope for gay Jamaica?

GSN speaks to three leading Jamaican gay activists about their new prime minister, their legal challenge to the country’s homophobia, gay murders and more
No thumbnail available

California man arrested in slaying of trans woman

Police are not treating the murder as a hate crime
No thumbnail available

Whoopi Goldberg wins award for gay rights work

Human Rights Campaign to honor Sister Act star with equality award during gala dinner in New York
No thumbnail available

LGBT film characters are still mostly male, still mostly white and it's not improving fast enough

No US studio has ever received an 'excellent' rating in the GLAAD film report
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Gay stars Ellen DeGeneres and Chris Colfer win People's Choice Awards

NBC's The New Normal about two gay dads also wins award
No thumbnail available

Sweden stops aid to ‘anti-gay’ Uganda

International aid minister condemns recently passed legislation in the African country punishing gay people with life in jail
No thumbnail available

UK gay activist threatens to out bishops if they discipline gay clergy who marry

Peter Tatchell has warned that he would name Anglican bishops he believes to be in same-sex relationships should they discipline members of the clergy who have entered into same-sex marriages