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Dr. Frank Kameny, Jewish Gay Rights Pioneer, Dies At 86

11 Oct

Dr. Frank Kameny lived many of his 86-years as an out activist, leader and hero. It is with only a blessed form of irony that he left us today, on National Coming Out Day. May Frank’s memory be for a blessing. To understand our LGBT American history please get to know a bit more about his story. Our history and our civil rights seemed to be paired perfectly with Frank Kameny’s once radical notion that we have a right in this country to stand up for, “First Class Citizenship for Homosexuals.” Right on, brother.

Some of Frank Kameny's z"l donated picket signs and buttons are on display as part of an exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum where they are on loan from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Some of Frank Kameny's z"l donated picket signs and buttons are on display as part of an exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum where they are on loan from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The signs read, "First Class Citizenship for Homosexuals" and "Discrimination Against Homosexuals Is As Immoral As Discrimination Against Negros and Jews."

Dr. Frank Kameny marching with the Mattachine Society of Washington D.C. in 1970

Dr. Frank Kameny z"l marching with the Mattachine Society of Washington D.C.

First coined by US Politcal candidate Frank Kameny z"l in 1968, someone else added the word "so" to the original graffiti. Perhaps a reflection of that person's opinion on how far gays have come since 1968... Thank you Frank.

First coined by US Politcal candidate Frank Kameny z"l in 1968, someone else added the word "so" to the original graffiti. Perhaps a reflection of that person's opinion on how far gays have come since 1968... Thank you Frank.

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2011 in Politica, Queer Jewish Leaders

 

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7 responses to “Dr. Frank Kameny, Jewish Gay Rights Pioneer, Dies At 86

  1. Lisa Finkelstein

    October 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Interested in helping to defray the costs of Frank Kameny’s funeral? Donations can be made to http://fb.me/1qFcDgqQu

    Please take note: All donations to Helping our Brothers and Sisters (HOBS) during the month of October 2011 go directly to the funeral and estate expenses incurred by the death of Dr. Franklin Kameny z’l. HOBS is a non-profit in every sense of the term. They seem to have no paid staff with the vast majority of their net proceeds go to advancing their message, helping the disadvantaged and providing on-going support and counseling for those brothers and sisters in need. HOBS was founded as a 501 (c) (3) in 2009 to help marginalized GLBT individuals in the Washington D.C. area meet short-term needs. They have a National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) Classification of W Public & Society Benefit W30 Military/Veterans’ Organizations because of their founding focus to honor LGBT identified US Marine Corps and Military Veterans whose options for living or being remembered with financial integrity have been exhausted. EIN 26-3393902.

     
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    • Lisa Finkelstein

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