January 16, 2013
HRC Statement on Efforts to Name San Francisco International Airport after Harvey Milk
Historic move would make Harvey Milk-San Francisco International Airport the first airport to honor an openly gay person
Washington – San Francisco supervisors are advancing legislation aimed at commemorating LGBT civil rights leader Harvey Milk by renaming the city’s airport in his honor. Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin released the following statement in support:
“Harvey Milk made it his life’s mission to ensure that everyone - regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, or socioeconomic status - was treated with the dignity and respect that all human beings deserve. Harvey Milk-San Francisco International Airport would serve as a powerful testament to the importance of Harvey’s pioneering work and selfless dedication to advancing equality for all.
“Harvey Milk fought tirelessly to raise the visibility of LGBT people, and placing his name on San Francisco’s airport would bring awareness of his work to the 40 million travelers from around the world who pass through SFO annually. Harvey Milk’s legacy is what guides our work as we continue the fight for full equality, and HRC is proud to support this effort to honor his memory.”
The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.