**FILE** In this file photo from June 26, 1978, San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk is seen in San Francisco's seventh annual gay freedom parade in San Francisco. Milk, the late San Franciso supervisor and subject of "Milk," the biographical film that opened this week with Sean Penn as the pioneering gay politician who was assassinated along with Moscone 30 years ago Thursday. (AP Photo, file)
Hillcrest is known for its diversity and vibrant LGBT Community. Now, it could become the first neighborhood in San Diego to rename one of its streets after civil rights leader, Harvey Milk.
The neighborhood street that could change its name is now called Blaine Ave, which has houses and apartment complexes.
It runs two blocks between Cleveland Ave and Centre.
Community members want to honor the memory of Harvey Milk, who was one of the first openly gay politicians to hold public office in San Francisco in 1977.
District 3 Councilmember Todd Gloria has been working with the community around that area to change the street name.
“We’re excited because this would put San Diego at the forefront, no other community has done this to acknowledge Harvey Milk’s contribution to our country,” says Gloria.
Milk was a main outlet for the gay rights movement during the 1970s, but his civil rights leadership ended quickly in 1978 when he was assassinated.
Councilmember Gloria adds that renaming this street will be symbolic to the LGBT community because Blaine Ave leads into the “heart of the LGBT community center”.
The City Council will vote on this proposal May 8.
If it passes, Blaine Ave. will become Harvey Milk Street in time for Milk’s birthday on May 22.
The LGBT Pride raised money from community members and local businesses to fund this project.