Dr. Frank Kameny, 84, will be celebrated today at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in Washington 52 years after Kameny was fired from his federal job because of his sexual orientation. Kameny will also speak on LGBT rights and the progress of the movement at today's commemoration.
In 1956 Kameny earned a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Harvard University and soon thereafter obtained a position with the U.S. Army Map Service in Washington. Dr. Kameny was fired in 1957 after investigators discovered that he is gay. Dr. Kameny then committed his life to overturning laws that prohibited LGB people from federal employment. In 1975 Dr. Kameny finally saw the fruits of his activism when the Civil Service Commission announced it would no longer exclude LGB people from government employment.
Dr. Kameny's allegiance to the LGBT community has been unabated ever since. Kameny is accredited with founding the Washington D.C. chapter of the Mattachine Society, having coined the slogan "Gay is Good," persuading the American Psychiatric Association to remove "homosexuality" from its list of mental disorders, and became cofounder of the National Gay Task Force and Gay Rights National Lobby.
John Berry, Chief of the OPM, will honor Dr. Kameny today at 11:30 A.M. EST in an event that will be streamed live online.
GLAAD congratulates Dr. Kameny on his prodigious accomplishments and thanks him for his ongoing devotion to achieving LGBT equality.
The live webcast is available here.
Additionally, you may view the captioning for the webcast here.