He gave 'em hope – and now they want to give him an airport.
Politicians, activists and elected officials crowded the City Hall steps on Friday to drum up support for renaming San Francisco International Airport after slain San Francisco supervisor and gay rights icon Harvey Milk.
Adding Milk’s name to the airport – which would not require a rebranding of the airport’s three-letter SFO code – has proved contentious, with powerful city lobbies like the san Francisco Chamber of Commerce coming out strongly against the proposal.
“I never knew naming something after a civil rights leader who gave his life for a cause could be controversial,” said Supervisor David Campos, who is the effort’s main backer.
Milk, The City’s first elected openly gay politician and one of the first – and arguably the most visible – LGBT politicians in American history, was shot and killed in 1978 at City Hall. Renaming SFO would have to go before voters; if the measure is successfully placed on the November ballot, it would be roughly 35 years to the day following Milk’s assassination that his name would be back at the ballot.
Joining Campos on Friday were Stuart Milk, Milk’s nephew and the chairman of the Harvey Milk Foundation; Anne Kronenberg, Milk’s campaign manager; and the organizers of the NOH8 campaign, Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley.