Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Minor Planet 40463 named Frankkameny after US gay rights activist

Franklin Edward (Frank) Kameny (21 May 1925 – 11 October 2011) was "one of the most significant figures" in the American gay rights movement. In 1957, he was dismissed from his position as an astronomer in the US Army Map Service in Washington, DC 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".
Frank Kameny standing in front of signs once used during protests - 2009
(Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

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