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Nation's first-ever Harvey Milk Street signs to be unveiled Tuesday in San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- Community members will celebrate the unveiling of the first street in the nation to be named after LGBT civil-rights hero Harvey Milk at a ceremony at 5 pm Tuesday, May 22.

The event, which will take place on what would have been Milk's 82nd birthday, will include brief remarks from community leaders and a reception.

The unveiling comes just weeks after the San Diego City Council approved a proposal presented by San Diego Pride and a group of community members to change the name of Hillcrest's Blaine Avenue to Harvey Milk Street.

After months of sharing the proposal with numerous community groups including the Hillcrest Town Council, Uptown Planners and the city's Planning Commission, the approval has been considered by many to be a step toward recognizing not only Milk, but the contributions of the LGBT community in the city. No other major public area in the region is named for such a prominent LGBT civil-rights icon.

Less than 24-hours after the approval, a Google Maps search showed that the online service had already updated its system to reflect Harvey Milk Street, although labels indicating both the old and new street names will appear on the site for up to six months as citizens adjust to the change.

Two days after the council's vote, City Councilmember Todd Gloria posted a photo to his Facebook page of the new streets signs bearing Milk's name, which city staff had prepared to present to Gloria on his birthday May 10.

Speakers at Tuesdays event include Gloria; City Council President Tony Young; Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey; Dwayne Crenshaw, executive director of San Diego Pride; and Dr. Delores Jacobs, executive director of The San Diego LGBT Community Center.

Harvey Milk Street spans three blocks from Centre Street to Cleveland Avenue. The celebration will take place at the corner of what is currently Blaine Avenue and Centre Street, just across the street from The Center.

Community members will be invited to walk over to The Center following the program for a celebration.

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