Submitted by Fred Cerutti
Oh my, how nearly four decades ago this dark memory jumps back into my mind. Harvey Milk, serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, was in his downtown office doing his usual business. When a former political colleague innocently walked in, shot and killed Harvey Milk. Next this “colleague” went to the Mayor’s office and assassinated George Moscone. This all happened in 1978. Recall?
A Navy ship? Mr. Harvey Milk already has schools, streets and parks named in his honor. More than two decades before he became one of the first openly gay candidates elected to public office, Mr. Milk spent four years in the Navy, first as an enlisted man then as a Navy officer in San Diego.
Really? A Navy recommendation that Milk was a fitting subject for a ship name tribute. This all began in 2012 via the LGBT Historic Task Force of San Diego County and former U.S. Rep. Bob Filner. As things work in government it actually happened… slowly!
No kidding! Recently, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus notified Congress that several new ships were being built in San Diego, one being named for Milk. Others being named for other civil and human rights icons.
Sun Lakes United Church of Christ (UCC) continues to support Gay Rights today by being the only officially Open and Affirming congregation in the Sun Lakes and South Chandler area.
Really? Harvey Milk, Navy ship, Gay Rights, Open and Affirming in Sun Lakes? Really!