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Frank Kameny

2016: From the Best to the Worst

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 12.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Perseverance is the price of freedom. On Sunday morning, June 12, I arrived on Pennsylvania Avenue to set up my group's Capital Pride table and lea...

In Hope And Defiance, We Dance

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 06.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

LGBT folk have been on the receiving end of group blame ourselves. As a community we cross all demographic lines. We must tell the scapegoaters: you will not do this in our name.

2015: Year of the Arsonist

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 12.31.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Like African Americans, women, immigrants and religious minorities before us, LGBT people have faced a backlash ever since we first stood up for ourselves. Organizations come and go, and the focus of our efforts changes; but the work of democracy continues.

The Unsuitables

Charles Francis | Posted 10.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Charles Francis

It would have been so easy for the OPM to have made at least a simple reference to the generations of LGBT employees and others who were branded "immoral" and "unsuitable" for federal employment. There has never been an apology for them.

Why Protest Someone Who Agrees With You? Here's Why.

Matt Baume | Posted 08.13.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Baume

If you're a member of any group that's been shut out, pushed aside, forgotten or made fun of, you'll never change anything by following the rules. The rules are what marginalized you in the first place. You've got to break a few of them if you want to make history.

Stonewall - the Film: LGBT Revisionism and LGBT Careerism

Adrian Brooks | Posted 08.07.2016 | Queer Voices
Adrian Brooks

In short: Truth is sanitized -- revised to comport with a preset idea of how it was Way Back When.

Here's Why We All Need to #ThankFrank

Carl Fillichio | Posted 06.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Carl Fillichio

He will be forever thanked by LGBT government workers like me for helping usher in an age when we could serve openly, love who we love and bring our full selves to our work. But more than that: The American people owe him a debt of gratitude as well.

Scaring Up Another War

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The fact that America leads the developed world in guns and gun-related deaths doesn't faze gun advocates. Like tax cuts, guns are considered a cure-all. Unfortunately, the same appears true of munitions in American foreign policy.

Immoral, Infamous, Scandalous and Notoriously Disgraceful

Charles Francis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charles Francis

In 1971, a young man was wrongfully terminated from his job with the federal government. And his termination was not based on poor performance. Rather, Charlie Baker was fired from his job with the NBS simply because he was gay.

Evangelism as Therapy

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Encountering the Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg in the D.C. Council Chambers on June 27 took me back five years to our battles over the District's marriage equality bill. This time it was a hearing on a bill to prohibit conversion therapy for minors.

Chief Justice John Roberts' 'Snippets' Dissent

Charles Francis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charles Francis

"Snippets" of legislative history are not a reason to "tar the political branches with the brush of bigotry," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in his dissent in Windsor, supporting the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Roberts could have risen above "snippets" to look at congressional history itself.

The End Goal of the LGBT Movement

George Weinberg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
George Weinberg

Let me suggest an answer that would have been unimaginable 50 years ago: Think about a society that views being gay as we now view being left-handed. The goal is for homosexuality to lose all its negative connotations, to become worth mentioning only in special, neutral contexts.

Preventing a Mob

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

In the wake of a violent attack, it is easy to target minorities for group blame. With sufficient provocation, any crowd might turn into a mob.

WATCH: Frank Kameny Debates Same-Sex Marriage In 1974

Posted 10.12.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny, a legend in the LGBT community in the nation's capital and beyond, died a year ago today. Although ...

Gay Is Good, But Let's Make It Great!

Christopher Dyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Christopher Dyer

In addition to being National Coming Out Day, today is the one-year anniversary of the death of one of the LGBT movement's founding members, Dr. Franklin Kameny. In 1968 Dr. Kameny coined the phrase "gay is good." Gay is indeed good, but we need to be great.

Frank Kameny: 'The U.S. Government Surrendered To Me On July 3, 1975'

Josh Howard | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Josh Howard

Finally, in the early 1970s, two federal courts ruled that the government could not fire people simply because they were gay or lesbian, and the Civil Service Commission grudgingly amended its rules.

Christiana Lilly

LOOK: What The Smithsonian Wants From South Florida | Christiana Lilly | Posted 06.04.2012 | Miami

A museum in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has something the Smithsonian in Washington wants: a gavel. Sitting in a glass case at the Stonewall National M...

Frank Kameny's House Sold

Posted 05.29.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The District of Columbia home of the late gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny, designated a historic landmark, has been sold, The Washington...

Frank Kameny: Star Gazer to Gay Activist

Charles Francis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charles Francis

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.

PHOTOS: LGBT Pioneer Honored At Poignant Memorial

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

An Obama administration official, three members of Congress and a Yale Law School professor were among the many high-profile figures who attended a po...

LGBT-Inclusive Christians Honor Frank Kameny's Fight For Gay Rights

Joseph Ward III | Posted 01.16.2012 | Religion
Joseph Ward III

Before the New York City riots at Stonewall Inn launched the gay civil rights movement, there was Dr. Frank Kameny.

PHOTOS: Gay Activist Frank Kameny Honored By LGBT Community At Public Viewing

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

LGBT activist Dr. Franklin E. Kameny was honored on Thursday with a public viewing at the Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C. Kameny, who was 86 ...

Gay Rights Pioneer Frank Kameny To Lie In State In D.C.

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.03.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny, who died last month at age 86, will lie in state on Thursday in the Carnegie Library on Mount Vernon Sq...

Frank Kameny To Lie In State At Carnegie Library

DCist | Posted 12.21.2011 | DC

GLAA Forum reports that the late gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny will lie in state in the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square on November 3 between ...

Gay Pioneers Speak Truth to Love

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

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.