Pink News are reporting plans to rename San Francisco’s international airport as “Harvey Milk-San Francisco International Airport”, in honour of the gay rights campaigner.
Stuart Milk, co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation and nephew to Harvey Milk, said that if the amendment succeeds the airport would become the first in the world to be named after an openly gay person.
Mr Milk stated that the airport would be an important symbol to the countries it serves, particularly the 68 which criminalise homosexuality.
Haven’t heard of Harvey Milk?
Milk was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, winning a post on the Board of Supervisors as a result of changes in the social makeup of San Francisco after three unsuccessful attempts to gain office.
Having finally been elected in 1977, Milk only held his position for 11 months before being assassinated by Dan White, a former colleague who had lost his position in city administration.
Milk has been described as a martyr for gay rights and a visionary. A 2008 biographical film of his life received two academy awards.
The film is great and well worth a look if you haven’t seen it before. Some great performances, particularly from Sean Penn.