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Coalition of national and San Francisco leaders rally for Harvey Milk SFO

SAN FRANCISCO - A growing coalition of more than 20 local, state and national organizations, more than a dozen local elected leaders, and hundreds of San Francisco residents have joined forces to urge the Board of Supervisors to support Supervisor David Campos's Harvey Milk SFO Charter Amendment.

“As San Francisco’s own shining example of heroism, adding Harvey’s name to our global gateway reaffirms the values of San Franciscans and civil rights supporters globally. He’s a symbol of inclusion and courage that we can all be proud of,” said Stuart Milk, Harvey Milk’s nephew.

“It’s heartwarming to have such a broad coalition supporting the effort,” said Bevan Dufty, former Supervisor and current director of HOPE. “We’re proud that not only are some of the largest gay-rights organizations in the county supporting the movement, but right here in San Francisco, LGBT community leaders and our straight allies from the religious, non-profit and labor communities are also coming together today to support this idea.”

"Renaming the airport for Harvey Milk would be an international symbol of hope and freedom, and an enormous educational opportunity," said John O'Connor, Equality California executive director. "Nearly 20,000 people have already signed a petition in support of this idea to honor Harvey Milk's great legacy. This is a chance to lead the world and affect positive change on a global scale."

The legislation already has the support of five Supervisors on the Board, and requires just one more vote to be placed on the ballot for voters to decide. It would add Harvey Milk's name to SFO, making it officially "Harvey Milk San Francisco International Airport." The three-letter airport code "SFO" would stay the same. The petition can be found HERE. A full list of supporters can be found HERE.

Organizational representatives and individuals in attendance at today’s rally included:

Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk and The Harvey Milk Foundation founder

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano

Supervisor David Campos

Supervisor John Avalos

Supervisor Eric Mar

Supervisor Jane Kim

Bevan Dufty, former Supervisor and director of HOPE

Terence Hallinan, former San Francisco District Attorney and Supervisor

Adam Bouska, founder of NOH8 Campaign

Jeff Parshley, co-founder of NOH8 Campaign

Rebecca Rolfe, executive director, San Francisco LGBT Center

Bill Hirsh, executive director, AIDS Legal Referral Panel

Earl Plante, CEO, San Francisco Pride

The Rev. Troy Perry, founder, Metropolitan Community Church

Anne Kronenberg, Harvey Milk for Supervisor campaign manager

Dan Nicoletta, Harvey Milk for Supervisor Campaign

Frank Robinson, Harvey Milk speechwriter

Human Rights Commission

Courage Campaign