San Francisco


Terminal 1 at San Francisco Airport will in future be named after the gay politician Harvey Milk, who was murdered in 1978. This was decided unanimously by the responsible body, the Board of Supervisors. The terminal is currently being renovated. It will be decided exactly by september how Harvey Milk’s life will be commemorated inside the terminal. Artistic and pedagogical elements are planned. The decision was preceded by five years of discussions. The proposal to name the entire airport after Milk is therefore off the table.

Hillary Ronen who works for the airport and initiated the renaming welcomed the step as “historic”. “When queer people from all over the country arrive at Harvey Milk Terminal 1, they will know they are welcome in this city,” she told the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. Harvey Milk’s nephew, LGBT activist Stuart Milk, called the decision “a sign of hope”.

Harvey Milk was the first openly gay politician in the United States. The civil rights activist was also a pioneer of the gay and lesbian movement. Milk was elected to San Francisco City Council in 1977. A year later, 40 years ago, Milk and the then mayor of San Francisco were shot by an assassin.

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