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posted Friday, October 7, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 40

Rachel Maddow On Gay Rights Pioneer Frank Kameny
http://youtu.be/BOrsIIKxceM

Frank Kameny (5/21/25 - 10/11/11) was one of the most significant figures in the American gay rights movement. In 1957, Kameny was dismissed from his position as an astronomer in the 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 protested his firing by the U.S. Civil Service Commission due to his homosexuality, and argued this case to the United States Supreme Court in 1961. Although the court denied his petition, it is notable as the first civil rights claim based on sexual orientation.




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