San Francisco Airport looks set to rename Terminal 1 after murdered LGBTI rights hero Harvey Milk.
The name change was first proposed five years ago by former city supervisor David Campos. He suggested renaming the whole airport in honor of the campaigner – immortalized by Sean Penn in the 2008 film, Milk.
In light of the proposal, an airport naming committee formed. It decided to instead rename Terminal 1 of the US airport after Milk.
City supervisors Hillary Ronen and Jeff Sheehy proposed legislation reflecting the decision.
The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee vote upon the legislation today.
On top of renaming the terminal, Ronen has proposed that it features artwork memorializing Milk.
‘In order to honor one of the nation’s great gay leaders, raise awareness of the history of the LGBT movement, and give hope to young LGBT people in cities everywhere, the Board of Supervisors finds it fitting that a terminal at the San Francisco International Airport be named in honor of Harvey Milk,’ states the legislation.
Harvey Milk was the first openly gay man to be elected to political office in the US when he was elected to the San Francisco board of supervisors in 1977. Serving Supervisor, Dan White assassinated Milk, alongside Mayor George Moscone, just a year later.
Last night, Campos, who is Chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party, tweeted his gratitude at the support for his original suggestion to honor Milk.
‘Thank you @HillaryRonen @jeffsheehysf for supporting effort to name SFO Terminal 1 after Harvey Milk. In the age of Trump it is critical to remember Harvey’s legacy.’