Franklin Edward Kameny
May 21, 1925
|Died||October 11, 2011 (aged 86)|
Washington, D.C., US
|Alma mater||Queens College, Harvard University|
|Known for||Fired by US government in 1957 for being gay|
Co-founder of Mattachine Society, Washington D.C.
Early life[change | change source]
1957 incident[change | change source]
In 1957, Kameny was fired from his position as an astronomer in the U.S. Army's Army Map Service in Washington, D.C. because of his homosexuality. This helped him to begin "a Herculean struggle with the American establishment" that would help a rights movement of the early 1960s for homosexuals.
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.
Death[change | change source]
Legacy[change | change source]
Following Kameny's death, the giant rainbow flag on the tall flagpole at the corner of Market Street and Castro Street in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco was flown at half-staff for 24 hours beginning on the afternoon of October 12, 2011 at the request of the creator of the rainbow flag, Gilbert Baker.
Related pages[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- David W. Dunlap (October 12, 2011). "Franklin Kameny, Gay Rights Pioneer, Dies at 86". The New York Times.
- Bullough, Vern L. (2002), Bullough, Vern L. (ed.), Before Stonewall: Activists for Gay and Lesbian Rights in Historical Context, New York: The Haworth Press, p. 207, ISBN 1-56023-193-9
- Longtime gay activist Frank Kameny passes on
- Chibbaro Jr., Lou (2006-10-04). "Kameny's work finds new home" (PDF). Washington Blade. Retrieved 2008-03-28.
- Johnson, David K. (2002), "Franklin E. Kameny (1925-)", in Bullough, Vern L. (ed.), Before Stonewall: Activists for Gay and Lesbian Rights in Historical Context, New York: The Haworth Press, pp. 209–218, ISBN 1-56023-193-9
- USA Today: Gay rights epicenter named landmark
- Gaynair, Gillian (2009-06-08). "DC pride festival honors gay rights pioneer Kameny". Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-06-08.
- Medical Examiner says Kameny died of heart disease
- –"Gay Pioneer Frank Kameny Dies" by Bob Roehr—Obituary in the Bay Area Reporter October 13, 2011
- National Register to Accept Kameny House
- Mark Meinke (July 22, 2006). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Dr. Franklin E. Kameny Residence" (PDF). National Park Service. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2011-11-22.
- "Minor Planets Circular 79711" (PDF). Minor Planets Center. July 3, 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
- US: Gay rights campaigner Frank Kameny has asteroid named for him, Pink News, 10 July 2012
- Asteroid between Mars, Jupiter named for US gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny Archived 2012-07-21 at the Wayback Machine, The Washington Post, July 10, 2012
- Brett Zongker, Asteroid named for gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny, Business Week, July 10, 2012
- Andrew Davis, Canadian names asteroid for Kameny; Anderson Cooper inspires Chinese, Windy City Times, 2012-07-10
- Freya Petersen, Canadian astronomer names asteroid after gay rights activist Archived 2012-07-15 at the Wayback Machine, Alaska Dispatch, July 11, 2012