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Long Beach may name park after Harvey Milk

May 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Long Beach may soon have a new park named after a gay civil rights icon.

City officials on Monday unveiled a proposal to name a planned park after murdered San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk.

Milk became the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California. He was assassinated in 1978.

If the proposal goes through, the Harvey Milk Park will be the first park in the city to be named after a gay rights leader.

"In many ways, he's our Rosa Parks, he's our Cesar Chavez, he's the person that stands for what we believe in, and that is love and equality for everyone," said Councilman Robert Garcia.

The park will be located at Third Street and the Promenade in downtown Long Beach and will include a plaza to honor gay rights leaders.

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