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Celebration held as Salt Lake City street renamed for Harvey Milk

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Posted at 8:22 PM, May 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-14 22:22:06-04

SALT LAKE CITY – A crowd gathered to Saturday to celebrate the renaming of a street in Salt Lake City, but the decision to make the change wasn’t without detractors.

Equality advocates, including Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Neon Trees' frontman Tyler Glenn, joined the community to celebrate Harvey Milk Boulevard in Salt Lake City.

Milk was a LGBT rights advocate and politician in California who was assassinated in 1978.

“This is a historic day for our community; here in Salt Lake City we have a tradition of honoring civil rights heroes," said Troy Williams of the LGBT rights group Equality Utah. "We have Martin Luther King Boulevard, Cesar Chavez and Rosa Parks Boulevard, and today we dedicate Harvey Milk Boulevard.”

A 20-block portion of 900 South is now Harvey Milk Boulevard. Some people who live on that section of the road have complained, saying the city should not rename the street for Milk.

Mayor Biskupski installed one of the new signs Friday.