Gay Activist Frank Kameny’s Home Declared Historic Landmark


Gay rights activist Franklin Kameny's Washington D.C. home was declared a historic landmark yesterday:

"…not because of its gabled roof or side-hall plan, but because, for 13
fiery years, it was the epicenter of the gay rights movement in the
nation's capital.
It is the home of Franklin E. Kameny, 83, considered by academics and
historians to be 'the father of gay activism,' according to the staff
report by the Historic Preservation Review Board that recommended the
designation. 'Today is D.C.'s recognition of his role, locally and nationally, in
turning around discrimination against homosexuals,' said Mark Meinke,
chairman of the Rainbow History Project and the driving force behind
this architectural designation that has a far weightier social
significance. Inside the house, Kameny led an unrelenting pursuit of equal rights
for homosexuals long before Harvey Milk had even moved to San
Francisco. A collection of Kameny's papers was admitted into the
Library of Congress in October 2006, and some of his placards and
buttons were put on display in the Smithsonian Museum of American
History in 2007
…The preservation board unanimously approved the designation yesterday. 'I think it will resonate well, not only with the whole gay community
but with everybody,' said board Chairman Tersh Boasberg. 'Everybody
will be able to appreciate how incredibly significant Dr. Kameny is.' It is unusual to designate a site as historic while its occupant still lives there."

The designation automatically nominates the site to be a nationally registered historic place.

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