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Frank Kameny

May 21, 1925 – October 11, 2011

Pioneering Gay Rights Advocate

After being dismissed from his position as an astronomer in the Army Map Service in 1957 because of his homosexuality, Frank Kameny took the unprecedented step of challenging his dismissal all the way to the Supreme Court in the first civil rights claim based on sexual orientation. He subsequently spent his life advocating for the rights of LGBT Americans, particularly in the areas of civil service and military employment and was given a place of honor on the front row as the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was signed into law only months before his passing. He was also instrumental in persuading the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from its list of mental disorders in 1973.

Submitted by our members in 2011.