Friday, August 05, 2016

Good News Friday: The Navy Will Name A Ship After LGBT Activist and Hero Harvey Milk

Of course, I didn’t know Harvey Milk personally, but I know of him quite a great deal. And I think he’d be kind of stunned, honored and giddy with this news …

Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, has announced that the Navy is set to name a ship after the gay rights icon and hero, and San Francisco politician, Harvey Milk. The ship, a Military Sealift Command fleet oiler will be called the USNS Harvey Milk, a John Lewis-class oiler. Those classes of ships are named after Georgia Congressman, and civil rights activist, John Lewis.

Other names in the class include former Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren whose court ruled to desegregate U.S. schools, former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, women’s right activist Lucy Stone and abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth; and in the past, Mabus has named ships for other civil rights icons, including the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ships USNS Medgar Evers  and USNS Cesar Chavez. They are all in good company alongside Harvey Milk.

Harvey Milk came from a Navy family and joined the service in 1951. He served as a diving officer during the Korean War on the submarine rescue ship Kittiwake until 1955. He was honorably discharged from the service as a lieutenant junior grade.

After serving his country, Harvey Milk moved to San Francisco where he was elected to the San Francisco board of supervisors and was the first openly gay California politician to be elected to office. He was killed in office in 1978.

Since the 2011 repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell there has been a concerted effort from California politicians to name a ship after Milk. Harvey’s nephew, Stuart Milk says that naming a ship after his uncle “will further send a green light to all the brave men and women who serve our nation that honesty, acceptance and authenticity are held up among the highest ideals of our military.”

I just think Harvey would be grinning like mad hearing this news.

His march goes on …

9 comments:

mistress maddie said...

Indeed......a great way and good news to end the week on!!!!

the dogs' mother said...

:-) Blessings on the USNS Harvey Milk
and safe voyages.

Frank said...

You do know that anti-LGBT hate groups are already petitioning for a reversal of that decision based on his perverted lifestyle...

anne marie in philly said...

@frank - yeah, I read that, but LOVE WILL WIN! the h8ers haven't a snowball's chance in hell!

Bob Slatten said...

I'm with AM^^^^^. The haters are on the losing side ... again!

Helen Lashbrook said...

Mr Mabus is clearly a good guy; let's hope President Clinton will reappoint him to his current post

Sadie J said...

The more I study about Harvey, the more I respect him. Always glad to hear his name being honored.

Fearsome Beard said...

An honorable man. A courageous yet simple camera shop owner.

Kirk said...

Wonderful news.