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New US Navy ship named after gay rights icon & christened by transgender veteran receives mixed reception


November 7, 2021

The United States Naval Ship Harvey Milk – named after the assassinated gay rights activist and politician – was christened on Saturday by a transgender veteran, to both praise and cries of “vile nonsense.”

The USNS Harvey Milk was christened in San Diego, California in a traditional Navy ceremony, with Milk’s nephew, Stuart Milk, in attendance.

Milk, who became an American LGBT icon as the first openly gay official elected in the state of California, served in the US Navy in the 1950s before being discharged over his sexuality. Less than a year after he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Advisers, Milk was assassinated in November 1978 by fellow board member Dan White, who had clashed with Milk over city policy.

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