SFO Renames Terminal After Harvey Milk

by Megan Hill

Aug 25, 2019

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San Francisco International Airport renamed its South Terminal after Harvey Milk, California’s first openly gay elected public official assassinated in 1978. The terminal is now called Harvey Milk Terminal 1, as part of a larger overhaul of the former South Terminal.

The airport says this is the first terminal in the world named after a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

The newly remade facility showcases a post-security exhibit “Harvey Milk: Messenger of Hope,” honoring the civil rights leader and his impact on LGBTQ+ rights. The exhibit has 100 photos of Milk, many crowdsourced from the public.

The first phase of the revamp cost around $2.4 billion and features floor-to-ceiling windows which darken and lighten according to sunlight, using circular “oculi” openings that let light in. There’s also nine new gates in Boarding Area B for JetBlue and Southwest Airlines, as well as a new consolidated security checkpoint.

There is now seating for 2,134 people and “the first ever airport multi-use all gender toilette and an animal relief room.” The new terminal has several energy-saving implementations, including “self-energizing elevators, moving walkways and Go Slow escalators that reduce the use of grid electricity.”

The terminal should be complete in 2022.

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