Community Organization Endorsements
ACLU of Oregon
Basic Rights Oregon
Cascade AIDS Project
Dykes on Bikes PDX
El Hispanic News
First Unitarian Church of Portland
Northwest Gender Alliance
OHSU Partnership Project
Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon
Portland Gay Men’s Chorus
Portland Lesbian Choir
Portland State University’s Queer Resource Center
Quest Center for Integrative Health
Rose City Gay Freedom Band
Veterans for Human Rights
Women Of All Color
SW Stark Street Business Endorsements
John Fluevog Shoes
Kenny & Zukes
Mother’s Bistro & Bar
N’Kossi Boutique de l’Afrique
Peterson’s Grocery Store
Quik Fish Poke Bar
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Sushi Food Cart
Trove Curated Home
Velvet Lounge Café
West End Bikes
Community Leader Endorsements
• Governor Barbara Roberts – Oregon’s Governor from 1991-1995. As a lifelong advocate on behalf of equality, she is considered by many to be the strongest Governor on LGBTQ rights in US history. She served on the board of the Human Rights Campaign while she was Governor. In 2013, she received the Harvey Milk Lifetime Achievement Award for her years of advocacy on behalf of equal rights.
• Governor Ted Kulongoski – Oregon’s Governor from 2003-2011. In his first term in the Oregon House of Representatives, he introduced a bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. As Oregon’s Attorney General, he filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court urging the Justices to overturn Colorado’s anti-LGBTQ Amendment 2. In 2007, as Oregon’s Governor, he championed and signed into law the Oregon Equality Act, which banned anti-LGBTQ discrimination in Oregon.
• Stuart Milk – Nephew of Harvey Milk; founder and President of the Harvey Milk Foundation; accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom on behalf of Harvey Milk when President Barack Obama awarded it posthumously in 2009.
• Darcelle XV & the late Roxy LeRoy – The “Godparents” of Portland’s LGBTQ community; owners of the longest-running drag club in the United States, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017.
• Kathleen Saadat – Portland musician and lifelong civil rights activist. Helped establish Portland’s first LGBTQ rights march in 1976. Co-wrote a 1992 Portland ordinance banning discrimination against gays and lesbians. Member of the steering committee for the campaign to defeat the anti-LGBTQ Ballot Measure 9.
• Gus Van Sant – Portland film maker who directed the movie “Milk”.
• Terry Bean – LGBTQ civil rights activist for over 45 years; co-founder of the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.
• Congressman Barney Frank – First openly LGBTQ American to be elected to Congress.
• Jean Pierre Nugloze – Owner of N’Kossi Boutique de l’Afrique on SW Stark St; he was an LGBTQ civil rights leader in Togo, where he faced persecution for his sexual orientation; he currently has political asylum in the USA.
• Lisa Schroeder – Owner of Mother’s Bistro & Bar on SW Stark Street.
• Suzanne Hale – Owner of The Roxy on SW Stark St; member of the Imperial Sovereign Rose Court for many years; served on the boards for the creation of the US postage stamp dedicated to Harvey Milk, as well as the US Navy ship about to be named after him.
• Cory Murphy-Helmkamp – Social justice and civil rights activist and former Director of Operations for Pride Northwest.
• Cathy Travis – Civil liberties and LGBTQ activist and former ACLU of Oregon President.
• Thomas Lauderdale – Portland musician and civil rights activist.
• Dustin Lance Black – Won an Academy Award for writing the screenplay for the movie “Milk”.
• Judy and Dennis Shepard – The parents of Matthew Shepard and the founders of the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
• Marty Davis – Lifelong LGBTQ rights activist; Owner & Editor in Chief of the former JustOut LGBTQ newspaper.
• Reverend Nathan Meckley – Pastor of Metropolitan Community Church Portland.
• Roey Thorpe – Longtime LGBTQ rights activist and former Executive Director of Basic Rights Oregon.
• Esera Tuaolo – Openly gay former NFL player; played football for Oregon State University; serves on the board of the Gay and Lesbian Athletics Foundation and has worked with the NFL to make football more inclusive; currently a contestant on the TV show The Voice.
• Jason Collins – First openly gay NBA player; LGBTQ civil rights activist.
• Billy Bean – Openly gay former player for the San Diego Padres; currently serves as Major League Baseball Vice President and Special Assistant to the MLB Commissioner; Major League Baseball’s first Ambassador for Inclusion.
• Anne & Robert Sacks – Property owners on SW Stark Street.
• Homer Williams – Portland developer and urban planning leader.
• Lori & Dick Singer – Portland developers.
• Debbie Thomas – Owner of Debbie Thomas Real Estate.
• Julie Leuvrey – Portland developer.
• Mark Edlen – Portland developer.
• Hilary Rosen – CNN contributor; former Executive Director of the Human Rights Campaign.
• Elizabeth Birch – Former Executive Director of the Human Rights Campaign.
• Melanie Davis – Publisher/Owner at El Hispanic News & PQ Monthly
• David Mixner – Author, playwright, anti-war & civil rights activist
• Rick Bean – Progressive activist
• Nicole Murray Ramirez – Queen Mother for the International Imperial Court; San Diego City Commussioner; National Chair of the USNS Harvey Milk ship campaign; National Chair of the Harvey Milk US Postage Stamp Campaign
• Felicia Williams – President of Portland’s Downtown Neighborhood Association
• Byron Beck Freelance writer & LGBTQ activist
• Karin Power – Oregon State Representative for House District 41 (Southeast Portland & Milwaukie); one of three openly LGBTQ members of the Oregon Legislature.
• Mike Lindberg – Former Portland City Commissioner
• Poison Waters/Kevin Cook – Portland personality, entertainer & activist; Rose Empress XLIV
• Kerry Tymchuk – Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society
• Tom Potter – Former Mayor of Portland
• Dale Scott – First openly gay MLB umpire, LGBTQ activist
• Bill Dickey – Longtime LGBTQ activist & founder of Morel Ink
• Jules Garza – Longtime LGBTQ activist
“As a young LGBTQ member of the Portland community, I have deep gratitude for the legacy of Harvey Milk. He, and many others before us, bled and died for our right to love openly and freely. I will never, ever forget these sacrifices. Renaming SW Stark Street is an essential step in reclaiming our history, and our contributions to this diverse nation,”
Harvey Milk Street Project Committee
Governor Barbara Roberts, Oregon’s Governor from 1991-1995
Governor Ted Kulongoski, Oregon’s Governor from 2003-2011
Amy Herzfeld-Copple, Co-Executive Director of Basic Rights Oregon
Mikki Gillette, Major Gifts Officer at Basic Rights Oregon
Terry Bean, Real Estate broker and lifetime LGBTQ rights activist
Cory L. Murphy-Helmkamp, Social justice and civil rights activist
Lisa Schroeder, business owner on SW Stark St.
Suzanne Hale, business owner on SW Stark St.
Rick Jung, Executive Director of Portland Gay Men’s Chorus
Thomas Lauderdale, LGBTQ rights activist and local musician
Craig Hartzman, LGBTQ rights activist
Dwayne Davis, LGBTQ rights activist
Jim Vegher, LGBTQ rights activist
Cathy Travis, LGBTQ rights activist
Tyler TerMeer, Executive Director of Cascade AIDS Project
Peter Parisot, Deputy Executive Director of Cascade AIDS Project
Cameron Whitten, social justice & civil rights activist