Portland’s Harvey Milk Street Project

Portland's Harvey Milk Street Project

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

In order to apply for the street renaming, the coalition needs to gather 2,500 signatures to show the community supports the change. Any Portland resident 16 years or older can participate! While there is no electronic process to submit signatures, anyone can download the signature sheets and print them out.

Want to help us gather signatures? You can help with our campaign – even if you don’t live in Portland.

Just make sure to follow these simple instructions:

  • Download the campaign’s list of frequently asked questions so you can share information about the project with your friends and family!
  • Keep each two-page petition (all 20 signatures) together, & make sure to sign & address bottom of each petition (below the 20th signature space), even partially completed ones. Otherwise, they aren’t valid!
  • Signature gathering has to be monitored; petition forms cannot be left unattended (i.e. no leaving a clipboard at the entrance to an event).
  • Any city of Portland resident 16 years & older can sign (ask people to grab their nearby friends & family!)
  • We need the original physical copies (no digital signatures are permitted) – we are happy to mail, email, pick up, drop off, & otherwise facilitate the process for you however we can.
  • Petitions can be mailed to Basic Rights Oregon (620 SW 5th Ave., Suite 1210, Portland, OR 97204) or dropped off at Mother’s Bistro & Bar (212 SW Stark St, Portland OR 97204). If this is not possible, contact volunteer@harveymilkpdx.org to arrange a pickup!
  • If folks have questions that you don’t feel comfortable answering, feel free to direct them to the project’s website or contact info@harveymilkpdx.org.
  • Any other questions or concerns? Contact the project’s volunteer coordinator at volunteer@harveymilkpdx.org.
“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?