Portland’s Harvey Milk Street Project

Portland's Harvey Milk Street Project

Help Us Make Portland’s Harvey Milk Street a Reality!

  • February 27th: over 2800 signatures submitted from local Portlanders who support the project
  • April 3rd: a city-appointed historian panel unanimously agrees Harvey Milk meets Portland City code requirements for a street renaming
  • May 15th: Portland Planning & Sustainability Commission unanimously votes in favor of Portland’s own Harvey Milk Street

June 14th: City Council hearing & final vote – just in time for Portland Pride. Save the date & write a letter to your commissioners!

Big thank you to everyone who has gathered signatures, testified, showed up at our public events, & talked to their networks about this awesome project – we wouldn’t be here without the incredible community support.

Will you send a letter or email to City Hall?

Here’s a sample; feel free to use it, though original notes always leave an impression 🙂

Letters can be sent to Mayor Wheeler & our City Commissioners at their City Hall addresses

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Hi Commissioner,
 
I’m writing you today about my enthusiastic support for the Harvey Milk Street Project. Honoring a nationally recognized LGBTQ activist like Harvey Milk sends a powerful message: Portland is a city that values & celebrates its LGBTQ community members. Currently, there are no major features in Portland honoring known LGBTQ activists.
 
Renaming SW Stark to SW Harvey Milk Street would:
  • Demonstrate Portland’s commitment to LGBTQ equity & inclusion
  • Recognize the historical & cultural significance of the downtown neighborhood to Portland’s nascent LGBTQ community
  • Create a strong opportunity to acknowledge additional LGBTQ icons, heroes, & symbols along the street
  • Send a message of hope & acceptance to LGBTQ youth
I encourage a vote in favor of Portland’s Harvey Milk Street Project as a firm step toward a more welcoming, equitable city.
 
Thank you,
[your name here]
“As a gay man and business owner on SW Stark Street, this project is beyond remarkable to me. I was an LGBTQ activist in Togo before I was forced to leave and seek asylum here in the US, because my government passed a 5 year prison sentence for anyone who is gay. This Harvey Milk Street Project makes me so proud that I picked Portland to start my business & new life!” Jean Pierre Nugloze

Owner of N’Kossi Boutique de l’Afrique

“Given a history of bias and bigotry against the people who make up the GLBTQ community, we need to create cultural symbols that reinforce our roles as positive members of the broader society.  Given the sadness, despair and rate of suicide experienced by young people struggling with issues of sexuality, we need to help them reject negative labels and inspire them with hope for lives built on foundations of love and support. Naming a street after Harvey Milk will help accomplish both things by acknowledging our struggle and our humanity,” Kathleen Saadat

Portland musician & lifelong civil rights activist

“I am proud to add my enthusiastic support to this proposal to recognize Harvey Milk here in Portland.  He was a role model of courage and honesty for our country,” Governor Barbara Roberts

Committee Member

Check out what our endorsers are saying!

The Campaign

We’re a grassroots coalition seeking to honor Portland’s LGBTQ community & spirit of inclusivity by renaming the 13 blocks of SW Stark Street after national LGBTQ hero Harvey Milk. Who are we, why Harvey Milk, & why SW Stark?

Who is Harvey Milk?

Navy veteran, politician, & national LGBTQ hero, Harvey Milk’s legacy continues to inspire communities of activists around the world. His compelling, courageous message lives on.

Our Coalition

We couldn’t do this without broad support from local community leaders, LGBTQ organizations, and businesses in the downtown neighborhood. We’ve only just begun reaching out for support, and are inspired by the positive response. Check out the amazing people, organizations, and businesses joining our effort!

Want to get involved?