Event celebrates Salt Lake City street named for Harvey Milk

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Posted: May 14, 2016 3:08 PM
Event celebrates Salt Lake City street named for Harvey Milk

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah gay rights group is holding a dedication event for a new Salt Lake City street named for pioneering gay leader Harvey Milk.

The Saturday celebration will feature Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn.

Signs bearing Milk's name have been added to parts of 900 South, near thoroughfares honoring civil rights icons like Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez.

The move highlights the thriving LGBT community in the city that's home to the Mormon church, whose leaders preach tolerance but have steadfastly opposed same-sex marriage.

Milk became one of the first openly gay men elected to public office in the U.S. when he won a seat on San Francisco's board of supervisors. Supporters say he set the tone for the modern gay rights movement.

Milk was assassinated in 1978.