•   
  •   
  •   

US US Navy Ship Named After Gay Rights Leader Harvey Milk is Launched in San Diego Bay

20:00  20 november  2021
20:00  20 november  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

What LGBTQ, Native American and other civil rights leaders learned from Black protesters

  What LGBTQ, Native American and other civil rights leaders learned from Black protesters In the late '60s, activists fighting for civil rights for women, Native Americans, Chicanos and other groups were inspired by Black protesters.The 1960s was an era of revolt.

The U.S. Navy has launched a new ship named after gay-rights leader Harvey Milk.

The new U.S.N.S. Harvey Milk slides into the water during its christening ceremony at General Dynamics' NASSCO yard in San Diego. The ship honors Navy veteran and LGBT activist Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay candidates elected to public office. © Sarah Burford/U.S. Navy The new U.S.N.S. Harvey Milk slides into the water during its christening ceremony at General Dynamics' NASSCO yard in San Diego. The ship honors Navy veteran and LGBT activist Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay candidates elected to public office.

Milk, the first openly gay official to be elected in California in the 1970s, had been forced out of the Navy two decades earlier because of his sexual orientation.

The launch of the USNS Harvey Milk took place in the San Diego Bay on Nov. 6, with the Navy releasing footage of the launch two days later.

San Diego State vs. Nevada College Football Odds, Plays and Insights

  San Diego State vs. Nevada College Football Odds, Plays and Insights Check out odds, insights and more in our betting preview for the San Diego State Aztecs vs. Nevada Wolf Pack college football matchup on November 13, 2021. © Provided by Sports Illustrated Oct 30, 2021; Carson, California, USA; San Diego State Aztecs quarterback William Haskell (3) scores on a seven yard touchdown run against the Fresno State Bulldogs in the second half at Dignity Health Sports Park.

The video of the Milk's launch featured remarks by Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro.

"This great ship honors Navy diver and civil rights activist Harvey Milk, who was forced out of the service due to unfair policies," said Del Toro. "Because of him, today our LGBTQ Sailors and Marines serve honorably as their genuine selves.

"Leaders like Harvey Milk taught us that diversity of backgrounds and experiences help contribute to the strength and resolve of our nation.

"There is no doubt that the future sailors aboard this ship will be inspired by Milk's life and legacy."

More than two decades after his naval career was ended, Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, becoming the first openly gay elected official in California. Milk was assassinated on Nov. 27, 1978 by Dan White, who also killed San Francisco Mayor George Moscone. White was convicted of manslaughter and spent five years in prison before later killing himself.

Nevada Basketball: Pack comeback falls shy, San Diego earns 75-68 win

  Nevada Basketball: Pack comeback falls shy, San Diego earns 75-68 win Despite an robust second-half start, the Nevada Wolf Pack’s comeback effort fell just short, suffering a 75-68 defeat to the San Diego Toreros on Friday at Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nev. With physical point-of-attack defense and relentless rim pressure offensively from their foe, the Pack struggled finding any first half groove on either end — digging a 16-point halftime hole after trailing by 19 at one point in the half. Nevada head coachWith physical point-of-attack defense and relentless rim pressure offensively from their foe, the Pack struggled finding any first half groove on either end — digging a 16-point halftime hole after trailing by 19 at one point in the half.

Milk's life was brought to the big screen in 2008, with Sean Penn playing the title role in "Milk." The film won two Academy Awards: Penn, for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, and Dustin Lance Black, for Best Writing, Original Screenplay.

The ship bearing Milk's name is a replenishment oiler, and is shown in the video sliding into the water after a bottle of champagne was smashed on its bow by former Navy officer Paula M. Neira, clinical program director for the John Hopkins Center for Transgender Health.

According to the US Navy, The Milk is one of six John Lewis-class oilers commissioned for construction in 2016, with then-Navy Secretary Ray Mabus deciding that the new oilers would be named after civil and human rights leaders. The first ship in the class was named after civil-rights champion Rep. John Lewis of Georgia. The remaining ships commissioned that year were named in honor of American abolitionist and women's rights activist Sojourner Truth, one-time Chief Justice Earl Warren, former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and suffragist Lucy Stone.

The Milk will serve as part of the Navy's Combat Logistics Force. After initially ordering six such vessels in 2016, the Navy now plans to procure 20 ships of the new class.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.

Related Articles

  • Thousands of Navy Sailors Face Being Discharged Over Vaccine Refusal

Start your unlimited Newsweek trial

China Media Says U.K. Still in 'Colonial Days' as Navy Enters Contested Waters .
The U.K.'s Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group sailed into the South China Sea on Monday, making a port call in Singapore.In separate op-eds on Sunday and Monday, the newspaper accused Britain of wanting to "revive its past glory" and warned the country against sailing warships into "Chinese territory.

usr: 0
This is interesting!