Good News Friday: Harvey Gets A Street In San Diego
Lt. Harvey Milk
San Diego, California will be the first city in the nation to have a street named for gay civil rights activist, and one of my personal heroes, Harvey Milk.
The City Council voted unanimously to rename the two-block road leading up to the San Diego LGBT Community Center in Hillcrest from Blaine Avenue to Harvey Milk Street in honor of the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California.
There are all sorts of plazas and centers and even schools around the country that are named for Harvey, but this will be his first street. The name change is expected to become official later this month.
Nicole Murray Ramirez, a San Diego city commissioner and gay rights activist, who was friends with Milk, said Harvey fell in love with California after being stationed in San Diego as a Navy diving instructor in 1954: “Harvey Milk has become a global leader for those who wish for gay civil rights and equality. It’s not just a street you’re naming. You’ll be giving a clear symbol to that young gay man or that young lesbian woman that they too can reach the highest offices.”
Of course, not everyone is happy about the name change. One of those "Christian" conservatives, James Hartline, spoke out against the idea at that city council meeting, but, um, well, he was the only person to speak out against the idea.