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Navy to Name Ship After LGBTQ Icon Harvey Milk

by Hayley Miller July 29, 2016

The Navy announced plans to name a ship after the late LGBTQ civil rights leader Harvey Milk, according to USNI News.

“Milk came from a Navy family and commissioned in the service in 1951,” the publication reported. “He served as a diving officer in San Diego during the Korean War on the submarine rescue ship Kittiwake until 1955. Milk was honorably discharged from the service as a lieutenant junior grade.”

In 1977, Milk made history when he was elected to serve as a San Francisco City Supervisor and became one of the first openly LGBTQ elected officials in the country. Less than a year later, fellow supervisor Dan White assassinated Milk, as well as San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, on November 28, 1978.

On Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine honored Milk, saying, “Martin had a dream… Harvey gave his life.”

The San Francisco HRC Action Center and Store in the historic Castro District is located in Milk's former camera shop. In addition to keeping LGBTQ individuals and allies informed on national issues, the action center engages advocates to push leaders at all levels in support of equality.

Learn more about HRC’s Action Center and Store in San Francisco here.

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