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Tue Jan 15, 2013, 11:15 AM

Campos wants Harvey Milk's name on SFO [View all]

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

A San Francisco supervisor wants to rename the city's airport in honor of civil rights leader Harvey Milk, a change supporters said would send a global message about the importance and struggles of gays and lesbians for equality.

Supervisor David Campos will introduce legislation Tuesday that would place the proposal to rename San Francisco International Airport as Harvey Milk San Francisco International Airport before voters in November. To send the name change to voters, Campos needs the support of five other supervisors, and Monday he already had four co-sponsors.

Campos said about 80 other U.S. airports are already named for individuals, none of whom are gay, and that SFO - which moves 40 million passengers annually, including 9 million international travelers - has a particularly high profile. He believes it would cost between $50,000 and $250,000 to implement, citing the cost other cities have incurred to do the same, but said he hopes to attract private donations to fund the change.

Milk was a San Francisco supervisor when he and Mayor George Moscone were shot and killed by Dan White, a former supervisor, at City Hall on Nov. 27, 1978. He was one of the first openly gay people elected in the United States, and "has become an international symbol of civil rights, not just LGBT rights," Campos said.


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Campos-wants-Harvey-Milk-s-name-on-SFO-4194091.php



I'm happy with the change; just don't join in the recent habit of "appending" the new name onto the old one.

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