Get that Pride Flag ready… Landing in San Francisco is about to get a whole lot more colourful.
San Francisco International Airport have officially announced plans to rename their Terminal 1 in honour of Harvey Milk, who became the first openly gay elected official in America back in 1977.
As we all know, within a year the activist and Mayor George Moscone were shot and killed by ex-Supervisor Dan White in City Hall.
Former City Supervisor David Campos introduced the idea of renaming the whole airport after Milk back in 2013, but the proposal was met with opposition.
A committee then recommended that the airport’s Terminal 1 be named after the activist, and a proposal was put forward, which has now been accepted.
“It’s done! Five years after Supervisor David Campos began the renaming campaign, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors gave final approval to rename San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal One after Uncle Harvey,” Stuart Milk – Harvey Milk’s nephew – posted on Facebook.
“The 2 billion dollar terminal renovation, by action of Supervisor Hillary Ronen, will include educational and artist elements on Harvey! Hope sent across the world!”
Terminal 1 welcomes more than 32,000 travellers each day, so the dedication to Milk will be seen by millions in just a few years.
Back in 2016, the US Naval Institute reported that a ship will be named after the famous gay rights activist and politician.
The ship itself is scheduled to be built later this year, and will be named USNS Harvey Milk.
Harvey served as a diving officer during the Korean War, from 1951 to 1955 before being honourably discharged with the rank of lieutenant junior grade.