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Registration for the event begins at 8:45 am, Program & Breakfast from 9:30 to 11 am. For tickets or more information go to www.harveymilk.us.
NORWEGIAN AIRLINES ADDS THE LATE GAY SAN FRANCISCO SUPERVISOR HARVEY MILK TO ITS TAIL FIN HEROES. Milk, the first out gay person to win elective office in both San Francisco and California, only to be assassinated 11 months into his term on the morning of November 27, 1978, is the eighth American to be honored by the international carrier on one of its aircraft. His image will be featured on a newly built Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that flew from Seattle Monday for London to receive its final detailing and installation. The aircraft, the 168th in the Norwegian fleet to feature a tail fin hero, will be based out of London but is expected to fly various routes to the U.S. including to New York City’s JFK airport and to San Francisco International Airport. In a statement Norwegian founder and CEO Bjørn Kjos said the company sees the honor as paying tribute to Milk’s “bravery and courage” in fighting for equal rights “that will span the globe for years to come, reinforcing our joint commitment to making the world a smaller, friendlier and more inclusive place.” “Like ours, Harvey Milk’s mission was reflective of a pioneering spirit,” stated Kjos. “He demonstrated a tireless hunger to look past the differences of people and instead focus on bringing them together for the greater good, which we know resonates with many Americans.”
Milk is the third male LGBT icon, and first American out man, to be featured on a Norwegian airplane. The visage of the late Queen front man Freddie Mercury and the late author Oscar Wilde have both graced the tail fin of one of the airline’s crafts. When asked if its inaugural flight into the Bay Area could be timed to the state’s Harvey Milk Day holiday this May 22, which is Milk’s birthday, Norwegian spokesman Anders Lindström didn’t rule it out. Norwegian marketing director Ben Kaufman had recommended that the company add Milk to its list of tail fin heroes. The New Jersey native is a gay man, as is Lindström, who is from Sweden. “We are proud to partner with Norwegian, having Uncle Harvey join the airline’s forward- thinking Tail Fin Hero program that already includes change makers like Sojourner Truth and Oscar Wilde,” stated Stuart Milk in the airline’s release. “This is such a unique way to educate and celebrate those that have come before us, allowing for their legacies to live on. We look forward to seeing Harvey ‘flying’ into airports across the globe and continuing to spread his message of acceptance.”
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