Frank Kameny fought with a sense of confidence honed by his education and training. I don't think his opponents and detractors ever fully appreciated they were dealing with an astronomer -- an astronomer who would spark the LGBT movement for civil equality.
When Dr. Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings came to speak at Allegheny College, I was 19 years old. I was still closeted then, even to myself, but their honest, open telling of their stories was the first clue I had that there were others like me.
Frank Kameny, who died Tuesday at the age of 86, fought longer and harder for gay and lesbian civil rights than anyone else in U.S. history. Although he came to be revered and honored, his struggle came at great personal cost.
I could say a lot about Frank Kameny -- how he never lost the mischief in his eye that allowed him to take on the U.S. government, how he never was ashamed to flaunt the "sex" in "homosexuality." But it's all evident in this video.
Frank lived to see one of his greatest fights, to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, come to fruition. And he lived to see an entire new generation benefit from his struggle to live and work openly as a gay man.