How Salt Lake City Commemorates Harvey Milk’s Advocacy

LGBTFor those who aren’t familiar with him, Harvey Milk was an activist for gay rights and a community leader for LGBTs. Aside from what he fought for, he also made it in history as one of the first openly gay officials in the U.S. government, serving as one of San Francisco’s supervisors in 1977.

In November 1978, Dan White, a former San Francisco supervisor, shot Milk five times in his office due to work disputes. The fifth shot was through his skull at close range, which eventually caused his death. This event sparked several rallies by the LGBT community, fighting for social equality, among others.

Gradually Gaining Equal Rights for Gays

Decades later, the LGBT community continues their advocacy for equal rights, particularly in same-sex marriage. Salt Lake City, a home to the Mormon Church and conservative groups, has been opposing the equal rights of the gay community for years. But, it seems like things are about to change.

Reports say that the city could soon name a street after gay rights activist Harvey Milk. This idea reflects  the progressive bent of the city away from “conservativeness.” Officials are currently working with LGBT leaders regarding the initiative to place Milk’s name on a boulevard close to other streets named after fellow civil rights icons, including Cesar Chavez, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr.

Once approved, the Harvey Milk Boulevard will run on 900 South, which is around one and a half mile away from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints headquarters, Temple Square. This place was a famous protest site of the church in 2008, where they support efforts to pass a gay marriage ban.

What It Means for the LGBT Community

The naming of a street after Milk is also a nod to the growing LGBT community of Salt Lake City. In fact, active lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens hold a yearly gay parade, which is the second largest parade in the state of Utah, just next to Mormon pioneers’ annual celebration.

Officials say that the Harvey Milk Boulevard would serve as a commemoration of his efforts and sacrifice for the LGBT community. Milk served as a true icon and set the standard for collaborative leadership.

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