Salt Lake City dedicates Harvey Milk Boulevard

Mon. May 16, 2016 9:30 AM by Carlos Santoscoy

Salt Lake City, UT - Hundreds of people turned out Saturday as Salt Lake City dedicated a street to Harvey Milk.

900 South was renamed "Harvey Milk Boulevard" in honor of the slain politician and gay rights leader.

Milk was the first openly gay elected official of a major U.S. City. He was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977 on a pledge to back gay and lesbian rights. The following year, Milk was killed by Dan White, a former supervisor.

Salt Lake City Councilman Stan Penfold proposed the name change.

"We're sending a message to the world really that we are a very inclusive and supportive city," Penfold told The Salt Lake Tribune.

Jackie Bikupski, the city's first openly gay mayor, said she owed a debt of gratitude to Milk.

"I am here today because of people like Harvey. He was a hero of mine, somebody I looked up to, who inspired me years after he was gone," Bikupski said.

Out singer Tyler Glenn of the band Neon Trees performed two songs at the event.

"I was obsessed with Harvey Milk when I found out about him," Glenn said. "I loved his gusto and his spirit. I always think about his courage and him standing up in front of crowds that probably hated his guts."

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