Most people associate the legendary gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk with San Francisco, where the beloved Mayor of Castro Street resided from 1972 until his assassination, along with Mayor George Moscone, in 1978. But during his time serving in the U.S. Navy, Milk also spent some time as a diving instructor living in San Diego, which last month (May 22) become the first city in the nation to officially dedicate a Harvey Milk Street. The newly christened thoroughfare runs along a two-block street of Blaine Avenue (at Centre St.) in the city's most gay-identified neighborhood, Hillcrest.
San Diego Gay Pride, which takes place next month over the weekend of July 21 and 22, is a great time to stroll along Harvey Milk Street, as Parade takes place in Hillcrest and the festival in neighboring Balboa Park. Here's a preview of San Diego Gay Pride 2012, along with our new Gay Guide to San Diego Gay Bars.