Frank Kameny: In celebration of Pride Month, Google honors gay rights activist with doodle.
Frank Kameny google celebration– Google Doodle on Wednesday honored American astronomer, World War II veteran, and gay rights activist Dr. Frank Kamenei. The picture on its homepage, which shows Kameni wearing a colorful garland, pays tribute to him as he enters the month of June, which is celebrated globally as ‘Pride Month.’
Google describes Khamenei as “one of the most prominent figures in the US LGBTQ rights movement” and thanks him “for boldly paving the way for decades of progress.”
Kamani was born on May 21, 1925, in Queens, New York. He attended Queen’s College at the young age of 15 to study physics. Kamani fought in World War II before earning his doctorate in astronomy from Harvard University. In 1957, he became an astronomer with the Army Map Service but lost his job a few months after the government banned members of the L.G.B.T.Q. Community from federal employment.
Kamani sued the government, and in 1961, filed the first gay rights appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Kamani organized one of the first gay rights advocacy groups in America. In the early 1970s, he challenged the American Psychiatric Association’s classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder.
In 2009, the U.S. government formally apologized to Khamenei more than 50 years after being removed from the Army Map Service.
In June 2010, Washington DC named a section of 17th Street N.W.N.W. near DuPont Circle as “Frank Kamenei Way.”
Washington D.C. on October 11, 2011. Kamani died in
Who is Frank Kameny?
Franklin Edward Kameny (May 21, 1925 – October 11, 2011) was an American gay rights activist. He has been referred to as “one of the most important figures” in the American gay rights movement.
In 1957, Kameni was dismissed from his position as an astronomer in the US Army’s Army Map Service in Washington, D.C., because of his homosexuality, which led him to begin “an uphill struggle with the American establishment” “Will lead to a new period of extremism in the gay rights movement in the early 1960s”
Kameni formally appealed his dismissal by the US Civil Service Commission. Although unsuccessful, the proceedings were notable as the first known civil rights claim based on sexual orientation in a US court.