SF Supe Wants To Rename SFO After Harvey Milk

An effort to make SFO first American airport named after gay person underway.

By Chris Roberts
|  Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013  |  Updated 11:47 AM PDT
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Slain gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk could greet all airline passengers using San Francisco International Airport, if an effort to rename the airport after Milk succeeds.

Renaming SFO to "Harvey Milk San Francisco International Airport" is the idea of Supervisor David Campos, according to reports.

A name change would have to be approved by voters at the November ballot.

If the name change is approved, SFO would be the first airport in the United States named after an openly gay person, said Stuart Milk, Harvey Milk's nephew and a gay rights activist.

Milk, one of the first gay people elected to hold office in the United States, was shot and killed by a former politician in 1978. Mayor George Moscone was also killed.

41 million passengers use SFO every year -- and 68 countries where homosexuality is illegal are serviced by SFO flights, Stuart Milk said. That would send a powerful message.

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