Frank Kameny dies


Frank Kameny | Washington Post | 14440

Gay Activist is sad to note the passing of Frank Kameny, age 86. Mr Kameny was found dead on Oct. 11 at his home in Northwest Washington and his death was confirmed by Charles Francis, of the Kameny Papers Project and Marvin Carter, a longtime friend.

The Washington Post notes:

“Through his efforts over the years, Mr. Kameny deserved to be known as one of the fathers of that shift from the policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” …
Mr. Kameny enlisted in the Army during World War II; in an interview last year with Richard Sincere on the Charlottesville Libertarian Examiner Web site, he said, “They asked, I didn’t tell.”

In what appeared to be one of the great triumphs of Mr. Kameny’s often lonely, uphill struggle, the protest signs that he once carried in front of the White House were put on display in the Smithsonian Institution four years ago, to be viewed along with the museum’s other reminders of the course of U.S. history.”

Gay Activist sends condolences to family, colleagues and the many friends of this remarkable man who raised the standards for all of us.



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