Frank Kameny, LGBT Pioneer, has passed.
October 12, 2011 5:46 PM Subscribe
posted by Morrigan (56 comments total)
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Pioneer and tireless activist for the LGBT civil rights movement, Frank Kameny was fired from his job as an astronomer for the US government in the late 1950s because he was gay. He co-organized the Mattachine Society of Washington
, campaigned for equal treatment of gay employees in the Federal government
, was the first openly gay candidate for Congress and worked to remove the classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder from the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
The Library of Congress holds his papers
, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History includes in its collections Kameny's picket signs carried in front of the White House in 1965
, his home has been made a DC Historic Landmark, and a street near Dupont Circle was declared Frank Kameny Way in 2010. In 2009, John Berry, Director of the Office of Personnel Management, formally apologized to Kameny on behalf of the United States government.
Frank Kameny died on National Coming Out Day
this October 11, 2011.
Somewhere, I have a vintage "Gay Is Good" button, a slogan which Frank Kameny coined. PreViousLy