Following years of debate, San Francisco International Airport has officially announced plans to rename a terminal in honour of Harvey Milk.
The move which comes forty years after Milk’s death (the man who became the first openly gay elected official in the United States back in 1977), was approved unanimously by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
“This really is huge for our community to recognise Harvey’s sacrifice and people who are still sacrificing,” Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, who co-sponsored the legislation said.
“It was a great achievement to get Harvey elected and then to lose him and then have to endure the AIDS epidemic, our freedom has not come cheaply.”
Milk was the first openly LGBTI supervisor in cities history but was sadly murdered along with Mayor George Moscone, by his colleague Dan White in 1978.
Following the official announcement, Supervisor David Campos, who started the renaming campaign five years ago took to Facebook saying “It’s done! 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!”
San Francisco’s Terminal 1 welcomes more than 32,000 travellers into the city and the United States every day.