Although the school is to be named for him, slain gay politician Harvey Milk would have opposed plans for a New York City high school specifically for gay students, Milk's nephew Andy Milk told the New York Post. Andy Milk said his uncle, who was the first openly gay elected official in San Francisco, fought for the acceptance of gay men and lesbians into the mainstream, not for segregation. "If you want to honor the man--fine. But make it equal for everyone," said Milk. "Segregation is not what he stood for. He was for equal rights for everyone.
"A separate school is putting things back to where you started--separate, small villages," added Milk, who is straight. "Should we have separate flights for gay people? Should we have separate supermarkets for gays, so the cashier doesn't make fun of them?"
New York City is spending $3.2 million on building renovation so that the existing Harvey Milk program can be expanded and moved into a full-fledged high school for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning students. The school will eventually be home to 170 students.