San Francisco International Airport Opens First Terminal Named for LGBTQ+ Leader

San Francisco International Airport, SFO, today opens Harvey Milk Terminal 1, the world’s first terminal named after a member of the LGBTQ + community. The € 2.14 billion infrastructure sets a new standard for an extraordinary travel experience.

Harvey Milk was the first assumed gay man to be elected to public office in California, United States of America. For 11 months, Harvey Milk was a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors until his assassination, along with Mayor George Moscone in 1978.

Ivar C. Satero, director of San Francisco International Airport, says: Harvey Milk Terminal 1 sets a new benchmark for the airport experience and represents a tribute to the life and legacy of one of the first civil rights leaders. SFO is, for millions of people around the world, the first impression of San Francisco Bay and Harvey Milk Terminal 1 incorporates everything that makes this region so special: a spirit of innovation, a focus on the environment and, above all. , a commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion. I hope travelers around the world will be inspired by Harvey Milk’s story in the terminal that perpetuates his name.

The highlight of the new terminal is the Harvey Milk: Messenger of Hope exhibition, which honors the civil rights leader and his impact on the rights of the LGBTQ + community. Spanning almost 120 meters, it includes 100 dramatically explosive images of Milk – many of which are publicly available – as well as art and memories of the deceased.


Harvey Milk Terminal 1 is designed to connect passengers with the environment beyond their departure doors. World-class amenities include:

-Floor-to-ceiling windows that darken in sunlight; circular openings in the ceiling – called an oculus – that allow light to enter;
-Departure door areas designed as lounge rooms, with 2,134 seats of 34 typologies, including leather, plastic, metal and fabric chairs, sofas and stools;
-The first all-purpose, all-purpose airport bathroom, and an exclusive one for animals;
-Art in situ – art produced specifically for the venue – including 14 new public works of art for travelers to enjoy during the waiting time;
-Self-powered elevators, walkways, and escalators, which reduce the use of the power grid;
-An energy-efficient luggage carrier system (Individual Carrier System or ICS), the first of its kind in the United States.

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