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June 27, 2015

Frank Kameny In Labor Hall Of Honor

Frank Kameny filed the first civil rights appeal based on homosexuality with his employer, the U.S. Civil Service in 1957. He lost. He went on to become a co-founder of the Mattachine Society. In 1965 he organized the first gay protest at the White House. He was the first openly gay candidate for Congress in 1971.

"In 1975, his long search for a gay service member with an impeccable record to initiate a challenge to the military's ban on homosexuals culminated in protege Leonard Matlovich, a Technical Sergeant in the United States Air Force with 11 years of unblemished service and a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, purposely outing himself to his commanding officer on March 6, 1975."

Kameny died in 2011.

And this week he was inducted into the Department Of Labor's Hall of Honor. The Hall of Honor is intended as a "showcase highlighting the life-changing contributions that a unique group of people have made on the American way of work."

Filed under Gay Issues,History | permalink | June 27, 2015 at 11:58 AM


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