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Lesbian Mayor Installs "Harvey Milk Boulevard" Sign in SLC

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Salt Lake City mayor Jackie Biskupski made history in November after she became the first out lesbian elected into the position. On Friday, she honored the legacy of Harvey Milk, the gay activist, by installing a street sign with his name downtown.

“I am where I am because of people like Harvey,” said Biskupski, as she installed the new street sign, reports Salt Lake City TV station, KSTU.

The street previously known "900 South," will now include a 20-block stretch called "900 Harvey Milk Boulevard," reports The Salt Lake Tribune. Equality Utah and local LGBT activists first presented the proposal in October. Equality Utah raised all the funds for the new street signs. On Saturday, Tyler Glenn, the out gay Mormon lead singer of the group, Neon Trees, will be performing at an event celebrating the signs. 

In April, the Salt Lake City Council voted unanimously to rename the street after Harvey Milk, reports KSTU. At the council meeting where the decision was made, Salt Lake City councilman, Stan Penfold, said, "Harvey Milk imagined a brave world where everybody — everybody — had value and civil rights." "I like to imagine that world, too," said Penfold, who proposed the street change. 

Salt Lake City made history again recently when it elected its second sitting gay councilman, reports the Associated Press

Watch a video of the mayor installing the street sign below.

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