San Francisco May Name Airport for Harvey Milk

No other US airport named after a gay person: official

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 15, 2013 12:03 PM CST

(Newser) – San Francisco International Airport could soon be renamed after Harvey Milk. City supervisor David Campos will today introduce a bill to name the hub in honor of the gay rights activist; if Campos can get the backing of five other supervisors—he says he's already got four—then the measure will go to voters, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "It's time to send a message that members of the LGBT community are treated with dignity and respect," Campos says.

The change would cost some $50,000 to $250,000, he thinks; he's aiming to get private donations to make it happen. Some 80 other US airports are named after people, but none of them are gay, he says. With the Supreme Court weighing gay rights cases, the timing is key, he adds. Milk's nephew says the renaming would be "huge"—especially "when you think of the 9 million international visitors, coming from many of the 77 countries where it's still illegal to be LGBT."

In a Nov. 9, 1977 file photo, Harvey Milk poses in front of his camera shop in San Francisco.
In a Nov. 9, 1977 file photo, Harvey Milk poses in front of his camera shop in San Francisco.   (AP Photo, File)
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