Frank Kameny was born on May 21, 1925, in Queens, New York. At the age of 15, Kameny joined Queen’s College to study Physics. Frank Kameny worked as an astronomer and gay rights activist during his lifetime.
Google today doodles in memory of American astronomer, World War II veteran, and first-time gay rights advocate, Doctor Frank Kameny. Tributes are paid to him at the beginning of June and globally it is celebrated as ‘LGBT Pride Month‘. Google has put up a doodle on its homepage, which shows Frank Kameny wearing a colorful garland. Frank Kameny has been named by Google as the head of American gay rights.
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Frank Kameny Profile
|Real Name||Franklin Edward Kameny|
|Well Know||Gay Activist|
|Age||86 Year Old|
|Death of Birth||21 May 1925|
Frank Kameny was born on May 21, 1925, in Queens, New York
Frank Kameny Career
Dr Kameny was born in New York in 1925 and saw combat during World War II.
In 1957, after stints at Harvard and Georgetown, he took a job as an astronomer with the Army Map Service but was fired just months later after being confronted over reports that he was a homosexual.
He was then banned from ever working for the federal government again, at the age of 32.
Dr Kameny in turn sued the federal government and in 1961 filed the first gay rights appeal to the US Supreme Court.
Although it was denied, it marked a lifelong battle for equal rights and he organised one of the country’s first advocacy groups for gay rights.
In the early 1970s Dr Kameny successfully challenged the American Psychiatric Association’s classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder.
And in 1975 the Civil Service Commission reversed its ban on LGBT+ employees.
Finally in 2009, 50 years after his firing, Dr Kameny received an official apology from the US government.
And in June 2010 Washington DC named a stretch of 17th Street NW as “Frank Kameny Way” in his honour. He died a year later at the age of 86.
Frank Kameny Education
Kameny was born on May 21, 1925 in Queens, New York. He enrolled at Queens College at the young age of 15 to study physics. Kameny fought in World War II before obtaining a doctorate in astronomy from Harvard University. In 1957, he became an astronomer with the Army Map Service, but lost his job a few months later after the government banned members of the LGBTQ community from federal employment.
Frank Kameny Death
Kameny organised one of the first gay rights advocacy groups in the US. In the early 1970s, he challenged the American Psychiatric Association’s classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder.
Over 50 years after he was fired from the Army Map Service, the US government, in 2009, formally apologised to Kameny.
In June 2010, Washington D.C. named a stretch of 17th Street NW near Dupont Circle “Frank Kameny Way”.
Kameny died on October 11, 2011 in Washington D.C.
Frank Kameny Google
The Google Doodle on Wednesday honours Dr Frank Kameny, an American astronomer, World War II veteran and gay rights activist. The picture on its homepage, which shows Kameny wearing a colourful garland, pays tribute to him as we enter the month of June, which is celebrated globally as ‘Pride Month’.
Google describes Kameny as “on of the most prominent figures of the US LGBTQ rights movement” and thanks him “for courageously paving the way for decades of progress”.