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Frank Kameny

On Wednesday, Google commemorated the start of Pride Month with a doodle honoring Dr. Frank Kameny

Dr. Frank Kameny an American astronomer, veteran, and gay rights activist. Franklin Edward Kameny, who was born on May 21, 1925, in Queens, New York, is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the American LGBTQ+ rights movement.

Frank Kameny WEARING MALA
By David from Washington, DC – Frank Kameny, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=73682723

WHO Actually WAS FRANK KAMENY?

Franklin Edward Kameny was born on May 21, 1925, in Queens, New York. At the age of 15, he enrolled at Queens College to study physics. He was a member of the United States Army in Europe during World War II and later served on the Selective Service Board for 20 years.

Frank Kameny returned to the United States and earned a doctorate in astronomy from Harvard University. Kameny accepted a job as an astronomer with the Army Map Service in 1957, but he was fired soon after due to an order effectively prohibiting LGBTQ people from working for the federal government.

In response to his dismissal, Frank Kameny filed a lawsuit against the federal government. In 1961, he appealed to the US Supreme Court for the first time on behalf of gay rights.

“Denied but undeterred, Kameny began a life-long struggle for equal rights. He organized one of the country’s first gay rights advocacy groups years before the Stonewall Riots, according to the Google Doodle page.

In 1975, the Civil Service Commission finally reversed its ban on LGBTQ employees after Frank Kameny successfully challenged the American Psychiatric Association’s classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder.

In 2009, the US government issued a formal apology to Frank Kameny. In 2010, a section of 17th Street NW near Dupont Circle was renamed “Frank Kameny Way” in his honor in Washington, DC.

The Google Doodle page says, “Thank you, Frank Kameny, for courageously paving the way for decades of progress.”

Frank Kameny died in Washington, DC, in 2011. He was 86 years old when he died.

Frank Kameny image
By David from Washington, DC – Frank Kameny, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=73682723

Some Quotes By Frank Kameny

  • As I have been saying for nearly a year, the law needs to be changed to allow gay businesses to move to another part of the city.
  • The person who really needs the psychotherapy (…) is not the homosexual youngster who gets dragged to the psychiatrist’s office by his mother, but the mother, to relieve her anxieties about his homosexuality.
  • Bestiality is not my thing But it seems to be a harmless foible or idiosyncrasy of some people. So, as long as the animal doesn’t mind (and the animal rarely does), I don’t mind, and I don’t see why anyone else should.