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Remembering LGBT History: Frank Kameny

October 19, 2011
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Frank Kameny (5/21/25 – 10/11/11) was one of the most significant figures in the American gay rights movement. In 1957, Kameny was dismissed from his position as an astronomer in the Army Map Service in Washington, D.C. because of his homosexuality, leading him to begin a Herculean struggle with the American establishment that would spearhead a new period of militancy in the homosexual rights movement of the early 1960s. Kameny protested his firing by the U.S. Civil Service Commission due to his homosexuality, and argued this case to the United States Supreme Court in 1961. Although the court denied his petition, it is notable as the first civil rights claim based on sexual orientation.

via Rachel Maddow On Gay Rights Pioneer Frank Kameny – YouTube.

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  1. October 26, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Interested in helping to defray the costs of Frank Kameny’s funeral? Donations can be made to http://fb.me/1qFcDgqQu

    Please take note: All donations to Helping our Brothers and Sisters (HOBS) during the month of October 2011 go directly to the funeral and estate expenses incurred by the death of Dr. Franklin Kameny z’l. HOBS is a non-profit in every sense of the term. They seem to have no paid staff with the vast majority of their net proceeds go to advancing their message, helping the disadvantaged and providing on-going support and counseling for those brothers and sisters in need. HOBS was founded as a 501 (c) (3) in 2009 to help marginalized GLBT individuals in the Washington D.C. area meet short-term needs. They have a National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) Classification of W Public & Society Benefit W30 Military/Veterans’ Organizations because of their founding focus to honor LGBT identified US Marine Corps and Military Veterans whose options for living or being remembered with financial integrity have been exhausted. EIN 26-3393902.

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