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San Diego to rename street for Harvey Milk

May 8, 2012 |  7:26 pm

Harvey Milk

The San Diego City Council voted 8-0 Tuesday to rename a two-block street for gay activist and civil rights leader Harvey Milk, who served in San Diego in the Navy in early 1950s.

The street, now called Blaine Street, leads to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center in the Hillcrest neighborhood, which has a large gay population.

The motion was made by Councilman Todd Gloria and seconded by Councilman Carl DeMaio. Gloria and DeMaio are gay.

"Harvey Milk is to the gay community as Cesar Chavez is to the Hispanic community and Martin Luther King is to the African American community," said gay activist Susan Jester.

Rep. Bob Filner (D-San Diego) has called on the Navy to name a ship after Milk.

--Neal Putnam and Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Harvey Milk in 1977, a year before he was assassinated. Credit: Associated Press