Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk (April 24, 2012)

SAN DIEGO -- A proposal to rename a two-block street in Hillcrest in honor of slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk is scheduled to go before the San Diego City Council today.

City officials believe Blaine Avenue, which contains a handful of houses and apartment complexes, would become the first Harvey Milk Street in the country. 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.

"I believe this is an appropriate way to honor Harvey Milk's tremendous contributions,'' said Councilman Todd Gloria, who represents Hillcrest and is one of the council's two openly gay members. "This is the culmination of years of work by many San Diegans and will ensure the civil rights leader is never forgotten in our city.''

Gloria said that if the proposal passes, street signs would be 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.