SAN FRANCISCO — The late gay rights leader Harvey Milk already
has schools, streets and parks named in his honor. Soon, a U.S.
Navy ship will join the list.
A Navy official said Friday that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus
notified Congress earlier this month that a new fleet of
replenishment oilers being built in San Diego will be named for
Milk and five other civil and human rights icons.
The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because a
public announcement is expected in the near future.
More than two decades before he became one of the first openly
gay candidates elected to public office, Milk spent four years
in the Navy, first as an enlisted man and then as an officer in
He was serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors when a
former political colleague assassinated him and Mayor George
Moscone at City Hall in 1978.
The GLBT Historic Task Force of San Diego County and former U.S.
Rep. Bob Filner wrote Mabus in 2012 to suggest Milk as a fitting
subject for a ship name tribute.
The news that Mabus had granted the request first was reported
Thursday by U.S. Naval Institute News.
The other ship name honorees include abolitionist Sojourner
Truth, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, Robert F.
Kennedy, suffragist Lucy Stone and Georgia Congressman John
In announcing that the first new oiler would bear Lewis’ name,
Mabus said in January “I name ships for people and places that
represent our highest values, the things we cherish the most.”
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Though I encourage anyone reading here to read the entire book
quoted below, for the purposes of this poll I'll just include
some relevent quotes.
Harvey Milk was a famous gay politician in California. His fame
came from his very public "work with at-risk youth". However, at
the same time he was reaching out to these youth, he was preying
on them sexually. One of the most notable cases of this was his
sodomizing a 16 year old named Jack McKinley, though there were
others...as the text indicates:
"...sixteen-year-old McKinley was looking for some kind of
father figure...At 33, Milk was launching a new life, though he
could hardly have imagined the unlikely direction toward which
his new lover would pull him." (pages 30-31)
"It would be to boyish-looking men in their late teens and early
20's that Milk would be attracted for the rest of his life."
"Harvey always had a penchant for young waifs with substance
abuse problems." (page 180)
"Harvey confided one night that at twenty-four, Doug was the
oldest man Harvey had ever started an affair with." (page 237)..
“…sixteen-year-old old McKinley was
looking for some kind of father figure…within a few weeks,
into Harvey Milk’s Upper West Side apartment…and settled into a
Coldly agreed with a former lover’s suicide threat
“…the phone rang. As soon as Harvey heard the voice, he rolled
impatiently at Jim. ‘It’s Jack McKinley,’ he said. He paused and
further. ‘He says he’s going to kill himself.’…‘Tell him not to
make a mess,’
Harvey deadpanned. Jack hung up.” (Source: Randy Shilts, The
Castro Street, p. 126)
Now here's the tricky part. The age of consent at the time, as
now in California is 18. Harvey Milk was in his 30s when he
started having sex with 16 year old McKinley. Typical with
pedophilia, as soon as McKinley's body begain to mature, Harvey
Milk discarded him for younger [looking] sexual partners.