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Frank Kameny

Born: May 21, 1925

Death: Oct 11, 2011

Birthplace: New York City

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Frank Kameny

Date of Birth : May 21, 1925
Date of Death : Oct 11, 2011
Birth Place : New York City

Franklin Edward "Frank" Kameny was an American gay rights activist. In 1957, Kameny was dismissed from his position as an astronomer in the U.S. Army's 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 formally appealed his firing by the U.S. Civil Service Commission due to homosexuality. Although unsuccessful, the proceeding was notable as the first known civil rights claim based on sexual orientation pursued in a U.S. court. He has been referred to as "one of the most significant figures" in the American gay rights movement.


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