Harvey Milk Street Unveiled in Hillcrest

The sign was placed on the eve of what would have been Milk's 82nd birthday

By Sarah Grieco and Mari Payton
|  Tuesday, May 22, 2012  |  Updated 7:14 PM PDT
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Harvey Milk Street was unveiled in a San Diego neighborhood on Tuesday night, on the eve of what would have been Milk's 82nd birthday.

The San Diego City Council unanimously voted to change the name of Blaine Avenue to Harvey Milk Street in Hillcrest earlier this month.

San Diego is the first city in the country to honor Milk with a street bearing his name.

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.

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's Mayor were shot to death in November 1978.

The effort to rename the street was covered by private donations.
 

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