Portland to Rename Street After Harvey Milk

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Portland, Oregon will rename a stretch of Stark Street over LGBT icon Harvey Milk.

The city voted on June 14 to rename a 13-block area of road which once was a major neighborhood of the local LGBT community, according to Gay Star News. The city council vote was unanimous, with no dissenting votes.

“It sends a signal that we are an open and a welcoming and an inclusive community,” said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler in the meeting. “It signals that these are values that we hold deeply.”

Over a dozen people testified on behalf of the project during the meeting. At the end, members of the council revealed a Southwest Harvey Milk Street sign to pose with.

The vote comes during Pride month and right around Portland’s June 17 Pride parade.

Salt Lake City and San Diego also have streets named after Milk, according to Gay Star News. In San Francisco, where he served on the Board of Supervisors as the first openly gay elected official, Milk has a terminal in the city’s airport named after him.


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