Posted by: outandequal | October 11, 2011

Gay is Good! Honoring the life of Frank Kameny

Frank Kameny and the Mattachine Society of Washington
Frank Kameny and the Mattachine Society of Washington’s members marching in 1970; note Kameny’s original, “Gay is Good,” sign.

In 1957, Frank Kameny was fired from his job with the federal government for being gay. What  happened next changed the world: he fought his firing in a petition that went to the U.S. Supreme Court, and although he didn’t win, his willingness to be out and to take a stand for his rights as a gay man led others to step forward as well.

 Today, Frank Kameny died, leaving behind a legacy of activism and a world so different than the one he came out in. One of his most important contributions was to proclaim that Gay is Good, radically altering people’s perceptions of what it means to be gay. Fifty years ago this year, Kameny helped found the Mattachine Society of Washington, the first gay rights organization in Washington, DC.
As workplace advocates, we honor Frank Kameny for his vision that no one deserved to be fired for being who they are. In 2007, Out & Equal recognized his work by awarding him a Lifetime achievement Outie. The courage of his convictions led him to stand up at a time when it was unheard of. To this hero who began the movement for workplace equality… we say thank you and rest in peace.
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  1. I am mourning the death of Frank Kameny. As a gay man, he is and will forever be my hero.

    I was very fortunate to meet him and shake his hand over a decade ago.

    He has done so much in the fight for equal rights for us, for the LGBT community.


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