– FIRST IN THE COUNTRY HAPPENS IN SAN DIEGO
SAN DIEGO – Today, the San Diego City Council unanimously voted to give final approval to rename a street after LGBT civil rights hero, Harvey Milk. San Diego now becomes the first city in the country to have a street named for Harvey Milk.
“A year ago, a group of community leaders came together around the notion the time had come to honor an LGBT civil rights leader in San Diego the same way we have given honor to other civil rights leaders such as Cesar Chavez and Martin Luther King, Jr,” said Dwayne Crenshaw, San Diego LGBT Pride Executive Director. “Today marks a symbolic and significant moment in the movement forward towards the American value of equality.”
A celebratory unveiling of the new street is now planned for Harvey Milk’s birthday.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
5:00 – 6:00 pm
at the corner of Harvey Milk Street (Blaine Ave.) and Centre Street
Speakers with include:
- Nicole Murray-Ramirez – City Commissioner and Community Activist
- Todd Gloria - City Council Member, District 3
- Tony Young - City Council Member, District 4
- Stuart Milk - Nephew of Harvey Milk
- Dwayne Crenshaw - Executive Director - San Diego LGBT Pride
- Delores Jacobs - Chief Executive Officer - The LGBT Community Center
A reception with refreshments, inside the LGBT Community Center, will conclude the evening after the program.
Harvey served proudly as a member of the United States Navy – including time served in San Diego as a diving instructor.
Harvey Milk’s ground breaking election in 1978 as one of the world’s first openly gay elected officials - and its most visible one - symbolized the freedom to live life in full authenticity to millions of LGBT women and men around the world.
Harvey served less than a year in public office before his assassination, but his life profoundly changed a city, state, nation and a global community. His courage, passion and sense of justice moved the nation and stirred the very core of an oppressed community; bringing forward new hope and a new vision of freedom.