By Harmeet Kaur
During his time as a diving instructor in San Diego, California in the 1950s, his supervisors caught him at a park popular with gay men, according to his nephew Stuart Milk.
And in 1955, after the Navy officially questioned him about his sexual orientation, he was made to resign with the rank of lieutenant junior grade.
Before his work as an activist brought him to the SF Board of Supervisors, Harvey Milk was a Navy LTJG forced to resign because of his sexuality. Deeply meaningful to see construction finally begin on the @USNavy ship bearing his name. cc: @SecNav75 https://t.co/JcISfkPTsT
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) December 17, 2019
I can only imagine how thrilled Harvey Milk would be to witness the construction of this ship. His legacy of fighting for civil rights will live on for generations. We must continue to live by his example. https://t.co/D5rT2LoL66
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) December 18, 2019
Harvey Milk was a trailblazer & #LGBT community hero.
He also served in the Navy & was forced to resign for being gay.
Now the Navy is building a ship named for Harvey.
The arc of history has a way of bending toward justice.
Congratulations, Harvey. https://t.co/STYNdAhWCv
— Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) December 16, 2019