Harvey Milk and the Seamen

Our community has made enormous strides since I came out some three decades ago – a point driven home when I learned that the US Navy named a ship after Harvey Milk!  The gay rights advocate was assassinated in 1978 at a time when the idea of being openly gay in the military was unfathomable.  The naming ceremony of the USNS Harvey Milk took place in San Diego and was attended by the Secretary of the Navy, Carlos Del Toro.  “There is no doubt that the future sailors aboard this ship will be inspired by Milk’s life and legacy,” said Del Toro.  Somewhere, Milk is smiling at the thought of his namesake being boarded by thousands of young sailors.

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