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Dr. Frank Kameny is widely recognized as one of the most famous figures of the United States LGBTQ rights act. On Wednesday, Google acknowledged the American astronomer, veteran, and gay rights activist, with a Doodle glorifying Pride Month.
In 1971, Kameny became the first readily gay candidate for the US Congress when he ran in the District of Columbia’s first election for a non-voting Congressional representative. After his failure, Kameny and his campaign organization created the Gay and Lesbian Alliance of Washington, DC, an association that continues to lobby the state and press the case for equal rights.
June is here and that means that Pride Month has begun. To honor, the Google Doodle for Tuesday was of LGBTQ+ rights activist Franklin Edward Kameny, who was well-known for his activism and for challenging a dismissal from the US army.
Here we take a look at what he accomplished in his life, before passing away in 2011 at the age of 86. Kameny lives as an important figure in the LGBTQ+ community and some of his numerous famous quotes and ideas are brought up time and time again, even to this day.
Who was Frank Kameny and what did he do?
Born in New York City in 1925, Kameny worked in the US Army in World War II and later retreated to the military in later life to work for the US Army Map Service, having received degrees in physics and astronomy.
When his employment was eliminated, essentially because he was gay, Kameny challenged the US state in the supreme court. Although that was denied, he then dedicated his life to activism and never held a paid job again.
He was included in putting unitedly some of the first gay rights aid groups in the USA, while some credit him as being the very first to hold an LGBTQ+ rights rally. In 1971, Kameny was the first readily gay candidate for the United States Congress, although he lost that race.
Frank Kameny’s most famous quotes
Frank Kameny Quotes #1
When it was even seriously entertained that this would be a zoning issue, I blew up. Absolutely not.
Frank Kameny Quotes #2
On a one-time basis for these O Street establishments, they should be exempted from all of these restrictions so they can move as a group if they want to some practical place.
Frank Kameny Quotes #3
As I have been saying for nearly a year, the law needs to be changed to allow gay businesses to move to another part of the city.
He was the up and equal homosexual who would not sit at the back of the bus.
Frank Kameny Quotes #4
The person who really needs the psychotherapy (…) is not the homosexual youngster who gets dragged to the psychiatrist’s office by his mother, but the mother, to releive her anxieties about his homosexuality.
Frank Kameny Quotes #5
Bestiality is not my thing But it seems to be a harmless foible or idiosyncrasy of some people. So, as long as the animal doesn’t mind (and the animal rarely does), I don’t mind, and I don’t see why anyone else should.
Frank Kameny Quotes #6
There’s an ethical and moral obligation by the city for this group of establishments. The city created [the O Street cluster]. If these establishments had decided quite on their own when all this happened that would be a different matter, but they were very specifically directed to go down there.
Frank Kameny Quotes #7
We are interested in obtaining rights for our respective minorities.
Frank Kameny Quotes #8
Not only is homosexuality, whether by inclination or overt act, not immoral, but homosexual acts engaged in by consenting adults are moral, in a positive and real sense.
Frank Kameny Quotes #9
If I disagree with someone, I give them a chance to convince me they are right. And if they fail, then I am right and they are wrong and I will just have to fight them until they change.
Powerful LGBT Quotes
Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters?James Baldwin
If I wait for someone else to validate my existence, it will mean that I’m shortchanging myself.Zanele Muholi
I am proud, that I found the courage to deal the initial blow to the hydra of public contempt.Karl Heinrich Ulrichs
It is absolutely imperative that every human being’s freedom and human rights are respected, all over the world.Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir
Every LGBTQ+ refugee has a unique situation—but the fear and pain they endured before coming to Canada are universal.Arsham Parsi
Equality means more than passing laws. The struggle is really won in the hearts and minds of the community, where it really counts.Barbara Gittings
Nature made a mistake, which I have corrected.Christine Jorgensen
If you help elect more gay people, that gives a green light to all who feel disenfranchised a green light to move forward.Harvey Milk
My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you.Audre Lorde
We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers.Bayard Rustin
I’m not missing a minute of this. It’s the revolution!Sylvia Rivera
The next time someone asks you why LGBT Pride marches exist or why Gay Pride Month is June tell them ‘A bisexual woman named Brenda Howard thought it should be.Brenda Howard
If a transvestite doesn’t say I’m gay and I’m proud and I’m a transvestite, then nobody else is going to hop up there and say I’m gay and I’m proud and I’m a transvestite for them.Marsha P. Johnson
When you are doing something that is right, you just do it and take care … Someone has to do this.Alice Nkom
It is against this God who kills that we are fighting and resisting.Alexya Salvador