Who is Frank Kameny? Short Biography of Franklin Kameny.
Frank Kameny was an American gay rights activist. He has been attributed to “one of the most significant figures” in the American gay rights movement. However, Frank Kameny worked as an astronomer with the United States Army Map Service in Washington, D.C.D.C. Unexpectedly, in 1957, Kameny lost his position because of his homosexuality.
Therefore, Kameny officially petitioned his firing by the U.S. Civil Service Commission. However, he was unsuccessful and received no positive response from that appeal. The incident was notable as the first known civil rights claim in a U.S.U.S. court based on sexual adjustment.
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Dr. Frank Kameny was born in New York City to Ashkenazi Jewish parents. He completed his graduation from Richmond Hill High School in 1941. When Frank Kameny age was16, he joined Queens College to study physics. When he was at age 17, Kameny told his parents that he was an atheist.
However, he was recruited into the United States Army before his study ends. Also, he worked in the U.S military during World War II in Europe. After that, he also served on the Selective Service board for 20 years. Later, he returned to Queens College and graduated with a baccalaureate in physics in 1948.
In the meantime, Frank Kameny completed the graduation with a master’s degree in 1949 and a doctorate in 1956 in astronomy.
In 1961, Kameny and Jack Nichols launched some public protests by gays and lesbians at the White House on April 17, 1965. Therefore, Kameny wrote a letter to President Kennedy, urging him to reform the rules on homosexuality.
However, in 1963, Frank Kameny and Mattachine started a campaign to turn down the D.C. sodomy laws. Therefore he enlisted a bill that finally passed in 1993.
Frank Kameny Family and Personal Information
|Full Name||Franklin Edward Kameny|
|Date of Birth||May 21, 1925|
|Date of Death||October 11, 2011|
|Birth Place||New York|
|Studied at||Richmond Hill High School & Queens College|
|Occupation||Politician, scientist, army personnel, activist|
|Famous for||Gay rights activist|
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