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San Francisco To Rename Aiport After Slain Gay Rights Hero, Harvey Milk

San Fransisco's lawmakers are making moves to introduce legislation that will honour Gay Rights leader, Harvey Milk in a posthumous move normally reserved for the likes of ex-Presidents.


Although the legislation is being drafted now, it probably will not be introduced to the ballot until November this year.


If five of Campos' colleagues agree to the lawmakers proposal, they will submit the proposed name change to voters and it will make it the world's first airport honoring an openly gay person.

About 41 million passengers pass through San Francisco International every year, "and the idea that millions of people can learn about Harvey Milk and what he represented is very moving," Campos said.


"That no airport in this country has been named for an openly LGBT person is something I hope would be remedied, and what a better place than San Francisco for something like that to happen than SF and what better person than Harvey Milk," he said.


Campos said the San Francisco Board of Supervisors could vote on the amendment in as little as two weeks.


Milk became one of the first openly gay men elected to public office in the United States when he won a seat on the board of supervisors in 1977, inspiring a generation of activists with his uncompromising call for gays to come out.


He was assassinated at City Hall, along with Mayor George Moscone, more than a year later. His life became the subject of the 2008 Oscar-winning film "Milk."

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