Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

San Diego set to dedicate street for gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk

San Diego is set to rename a street after former San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk in time to mark the slain gay rights leaders’ state holiday in May.

The San Diego City Planning Commission today (Thursday, April 12) approved a proposal to rename Blaine Avenue for Milk, who made history as California’s first out person to be elected to political office in 1977 when he won his seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

The following year he was assassinated inside City Hall along with then Mayor George Moscone, forever cementing Milk’s status as a gay icon to LGBT people the world over.

Since his death numerous buildings, parks, and schools have been named after Milk. State legislators several years ago established Milk’s birthday on May 22 as an unpaid state holiday.

In 1999 there was a proposal to rename a long portion of Market Street, San Francisco’s main thoroughfare that leads from the bay up to the gay Castro district, as Harvey Milk Street. But the idea met with opposition and fizzled out.

Now the San Diego City Council is poised to be the first public body in the country to recognize Milk with his own street. The council is expected to approve the street naming at its meeting May 8 in time for a dedication ceremony to be held on Milk Day later in the month.

The southern California city’s LGBT community has long claimed Milk as one of its own, for he  was stationed in San Diego while he served in the US Navy as a diving instructor. Local activist and gay newspaper columnist Nicole Murray Ramirez in 2009 launched a diversity breakfast named after Milk that has become a yearly event. And he has pushed to see Milk honored with a U.S. Postage Stamp.

Through his  column Ramirez, who sits on the board of the Harvey B. Milk Foundation, has championed the street naming proposal. Blaine Avenue leads up to the San Diego LGBT Community Center near the heart of the city’s LGBT neighborhood Hillcrest.

The San Diego Pride committee is collecting donations to help cover the costs of the Harvey Milk Street renaming project at


— Matthew S. Bajko, April 12, 2012 @ 2:38 pm PST
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