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Will San Francisco name airport after Harvey Milk?

SAN FRANCISCO – Supervisor David Campos plans to introduce legislation today that would ask San Francisco voters in November to rename its airport after assassinated gay-rights leader Harvey Milk.

The charter amendment, which appears to have the support of a majority of the supervisors, would change the name to Harvey Milk-San Francisco International Airport.

John O’Connor, executive director of Equality California, hailed the effort in a letter to supporters:

“Equality California has learned that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is planning to move forward with a proposal to rename San Francisco International Airport to Harvey Milk International Airport, after the former supervisor who was the first proudly gay man elected to office in America.

“Renaming the airport for Harvey Milk would be an international symbol of hope and freedom, and an enormous educational opportunity. People from around the world -- including countries where being gay is still against the law -- will learn about Milk's great legacy. This is a chance to lead the world and affect positive change on a global scale.

“San Francisco International Airport serves over 40 million passengers a year, with 59 airlines serving 105 airports throughout the world. This would be the first airport in the world named after a proudly LGBT person.”

San Diego City Council voted in 2012 to create world's first Harvey Milk Street, which dead-ends in front of The Center.

The California Assembly had urged the Postal Service to honor Harvey Milk with a postage stamp.

The California Senate passed a resolution urging the Navy to name a ship after Harvey Milk, who was once stationed in San Diego during his naval service.

Ken Williams is Editor in Chief of SDGLN. He can be reached at ken@sdgln.com, @KenSanDiego on Twitter, or by calling toll-free to 888-442-9639, ext. 713.