San Francisco — (July 28, 2016) Today, news broke that the United States Navy will name a ship the USNS Harvey Milk, after the great San Francisco LGBT and civil rights leader. Supervisor Wiener released the following statement:
“This is an incredible day for the LGBT community and for our country. As a gay man and a San Franciscan, I’m incredibly proud that the Navy is honoring Harvey Milk — and the entire LGBT community — by naming a ship after him. This momentous decision sends a powerful message around the world about who we are as a country and the values we hold. When Harvey Milk served in the military, he couldn’t tell anyone who he truly was. Now our country is telling the men and women who serve, and the entire world, that we honor and support people for who they are. Harvey Milk’s strength continues to reverberate throughout our city, our country, and the world.”
Supervisor Wiener authored a resolution at the Board of Supervisors in 2012 urging the Navy to name a ship after Harvey Milk. You can read the resolution here.