On July 14, 2016, the U.S. Naval Institute’s (USNI) news service reported that Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus intended to name a ship after Harvey Milk. The ship is the
Military Sealift Command fleet oiler USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO-206). The ship would be the second of the John Lewis-class oilers being built by General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, Calif.
John Lewis was a representative from Georgia and a civil rights activist. Other ships in this same class would also be named after other civil rights leaders and activists: Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren, former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Lucy Stone, and abolitionist Sojourner Truth.
Yes, Harvey Milk served in the U.S. Navy, was a gay rights icon. But he was also
a child molester. In his biography entitled “The Mayor of Castro Street”, Randy Shilts reported Milk’s sexual relationships with children aged 16, 19, and other smiliar aged young men.
It would be to boyish-looking men in their late teens and early 20’s that Milk would be attracted for the rest of his life. (page 24)
Harvey always had a penchant for young waifs with substance abuse problems.” (page 180)
And from Save California:
At age 33, Harvey Milk had an ongoing homosexual relationship with a 16-year-old named Jack McKinley: “…sixteen-year-old old McKinley was looking for some kind of father figure…within a few weeks, McKinley moved into Harvey Milk’s Upper West Side apartment…and settled into a middle- class domestic marriage.
On August 9, Grasstops USA sent out a request to send faxes to The Members Of The Republican Leadership Of The United States Senate And The United States House Of Representatives: Washington, D.C. It said:
It’s up to every patriotic American to call or send Blast Faxes to Washington and let them know that you know what’s going on and that standing on the sidelines and allowing our men and women in uniform to accept such a slap in the face is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE.
This message is a call to arms and is not free. But there is no question about their passion about this travesty.
Everyone who’s opposed to naming the ship Harvey Milk should either send faxes through Grasstops or contact your congressmen directly.