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Plan To Rename Hillcrest Street After Civil Rights Leader Harvey Milk

A proposal to rename a two-block street in Hillcrest in honor of slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk will go before the San Diego City Council on May 8, council President Tony Young said today.

Blaine Avenue, which contains a handful of houses and apartment complexes, would become the first Harvey Milk Street in the country, according to Young.

While Milk mainly is associated with San Francisco, where he was a county supervisor, he was stationed in San Diego when he was in the Navy.

"Harvey Milk is an important figure in the ongoing struggle for full equality for all Americans," Young said. "I'm pleased to put Harvey Milk Street on the docket and hope my council colleagues will join me in considering this landmark effort."

Young said Councilman Todd Gloria has been working with his constituents in Hillcrest to get the name changed in time for Milk's birthday, May 22.

Milk would have been 82 years old this year.

Milk was one of the first openly gay politicians to hold public office when elected to the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco in 1977.

He pushed through a gay rights law before he and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were shot to death in late November 1978 by former supervisor Dan White.


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HarryStreet | April 14, 2012 at 4:41 p.m. ― 4 years ago

Didn't Sean Penn star as Milk in a movie? I'd think that should be enough.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 14, 2012 at 11:04 p.m. ― 4 years ago

I think it's a great idea. Milk is not only associated with San Fransisco, he is internationally recognized as someone who courageously fought for equality at a time when few spoke out, and ultimately his life was taken from him when there was so much ahead of him. We name fully trenches of highway miles long for people who weren't fom San Diego, naming a small street in Hillcrest after Milk should not face any opposition.

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cbretth | April 15, 2012 at 8:09 a.m. ― 4 years ago

Milk is actually better know for the victim in the murder trial were the twinky defense was used!
If a street should be named after him it should be in San Francisco.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 15, 2012 at 11:50 a.m. ― 4 years ago

Cbreth, not everyone is going to be happy with naming a street for someone no matter who it is.

But don't use the "he's not from San Diego, so name a street in SF" smokescreen argument. People should be honest and say they don't favor this because they not like Mr. Milk or they are against gays and/or the gay movement.

Milk is an internationally recognized figure in the gay rights movement, whether you think it's appropriate or not.

It sounds like the residents of the street are in favor of this, so the last thing we need is anti-gay rights folks fom outside the neighborhood coming in with the lamest of excuses that he's not from here.

How many schools and other buildings/streets do we have named after presidents or others who werent from here?

And what about the vulgar cartoonish kissing statue downtown? It depicts something that took place in **NYC** *not* SD, but people are arguing since we have a large military population so it's important.

Well San Diego has a large gay population, and Milk is an important figure in the gay community so there should be no opposition to this from hypocrites!!

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Missionaccomplished | April 16, 2012 at 9:55 a.m. ― 4 years ago

Duckster, as a teenager, that was the VERY FIRST TIME I ever heard of Harvey Milk--when he was murdered. I had heard of Mayor Alioto on the radio news and Bugliosi--but NEVER NEVER NEVER did I hear of Milk. It was kinda like Selena. Never even heard of her until she was murdered. I may have heard one of her songs NOT knowing who the singer was--but NEVER ONCE heard her name on the radio or TV and I was in my late 30s. So for you to claim that "Milk" had some "international" status--is false.

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Studying_Nomad | April 16, 2012 at 1:10 p.m. ― 4 years ago

It's a two-block street in a gay neighborhood. So what? It's their Chavez, MLK, Anthony, Columbus, etc. Some may not have noticed him back in the day, because gay people didn’t exist back then, duh.

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Dothscribble | April 17, 2012 at 8:37 a.m. ― 4 years ago

Renaming livingroom furniture may be fine after children move out. These are adults and still here. Imposing the thought of divisive mental states onto frontal lobes is not peaceful. It's unesscessary vandalism.
'Everything has its place and Insanity doesn't belong in my face'.

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Missionaccomplished | April 17, 2012 at 9:24 a.m. ― 4 years ago

I like that, Doth.

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Dothscribble | April 17, 2012 at 9:41 a.m. ― 4 years ago

A renaming would fortify the US neotribal-
hysteria which is widening the open-mind
to the point of rupture at foreign direction. United we stand or Die.

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Studying_Nomad | April 17, 2012 at 9:47 a.m. ― 4 years ago

"hysteria"...interesting choice

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 19, 2012 at 12:57 a.m. ― 4 years ago

If someone wanted to name a street or park after someone Dothscribble admires, it would be perfectly fine, but because it's someone he doesn't agree with we see Drama Queen posts like those above.

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