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Asteroid named for gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny

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Associated Press
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July 10, 2012

A Canadian amateur astronomer who discovered several asteroids has named one after gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny who died last year in Washington.
Kameny was a U.S. government astronomer in the 1950s who was fired from his job for being gay. He contested the firing all the way to the Supreme Court and organized the first gay rights protests outside the White House in the 1960s.
Kameny died last year at age 86.