Harvey Milk Boulevard proposed to honour the gay activist


Harvey Milk Boulevard
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LGBT rights group Equality Utah is spearheading a campaign to rename a street in Salt Lake City after Harvey Milk.

Milk was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California in 1977, after three unsuccessful attempts to gain office, but only held his position for 11 months before being assassinated by Dan White, a former colleague who had lost his position in city administration.

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Equality Utah executive director Troy Williams said in an interview with Fox 13: “I think 10 years from now, 20 years from now, Harvey Milk won’t just be an icon for the LGBT community.

“Harvey Milk will be an icon for all Americans and all Utahns. I think in time, all of Utah will be proud to have a street named after him.”

If approved, Harvey Milk Boulevard will join a list of streets in Salt Lake City to have been named after civil rights activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Rosa Parks Boulevard.

Last year the US Post Office unveiled a range of stamps to honour Milk for his help in “liberating gay couples”.

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