San Francisco International airport (SFO) has renamed Terminal 1 to Harvey Milk Terminal 1.
Milk, who was the first openly gay person elected to public office in the state of California, served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for eleven months, before he was assassinated in 1978. The naming effort was the brainchild of David Campos, a former member of the Board of Supervisors, who introduced legislation that failed to pass back in 2013 to rename the entire airport after Milk. It’s appropriate for San Francisco at this time to recognize that members of the LGBT community are equal members of our society and to recognize the work of this hero,” Campos said in 2013. “It sends a clear message of hope and civil rights, not just here but abroad.”
The Harvey Milk Terminal 1 is finally open for business — fitting with this year’s 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which ignited the LGBTQ movement.
Inside the terminal, travelers will encounter a new art exhibit: Harvey Milk: Messenger of Hope. The 380-foot installation is a tribute to Milk’s legacy and LGBTQ rights. It includes historic images, campaign signs, press clippings and quotes. Passengers will also find renovated seating areas, including a sequence of floor-to-ceiling window-facing lounge chairs that evoke mid-century modernism as well as retail and dining outlets.