San Francisco officials are planning to rename Terminal 1 at San Francisco International Airport after LGBT civil rights icon and former Supervisor Harvey Milk. Milk was assassinated at City Hall in 1978 along with Mayor George Moscone by former Supervisor Dan White. Here’s how the Harvey Milk Terminal came to be.
The name change was first introduced in 2013 by then-Supervisor David Campos, who had initially hoped to name the entire airport after Milk, the first openly gay elected official in a major city. But the proposal was met with some opposition.
However, an airport naming committee was established, and they compromised on naming SFO’s Terminal 1 after Milk. The legislation is expected to go before the full board on April 3.
“In order to honor one of the nation’s great gay leaders, raise awareness of the history of the LGBT movement, and give hope to young LGBT people in cities everywhere, the Board of Supervisors finds it fitting that a terminal at the San Francisco International Airport be named in honor of Harvey Milk,” the legislation says.
“It’s a long time coming. It’s the gateway to San Francisco, and so recognizing Harvey and making that connection to our community is appropriate. Its beautiful,” co-sponsor Supervisor Jeff Sheehy said.
The City of San Francisco has paid tribute to Milk by naming several locations after him. Where Market and Castro streets intersect in San Francisco flies an enormous gay pride flag, situated in Harvey Milk Plaza. The San Francisco Gay Democratic Club changed its name to the Harvey Milk Memorial Gay Democratic Club in 1978 (it is currently named the Harvey Milk Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Democratic Club) and boasts that it’s the largest Democratic organization in San Francisco.
In July 2016, US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus advised Congress that he intended to name the second ship of the Military Sealift Command’s John Lewis-class oilers, USNS Harvey Milk. All ships of the class are to be named after civil rights leaders but it is the first U.S. Navy ship ever to be named for an openly gay leader.
In New York City, Harvey Milk High School is a school program for at-risk youth that concentrates on the needs of LGBT students and operates out of the Hetrick-Martin Institute.