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  1. justme says

    Rest in peace, Mr. Kameny. A life well-lived by a great American hero. I’m glad he was able to witness so much progress in his lifetime.

  2. Billy says

    without him, we could not have progressed as far as we have. We need more like him today, as the “regressives” try to deny our human rights and take what we have away! Rest in Peace!

  3. says

    We MUST make sure that Frank Kameny is remembered and honored for his role in the Equality movement for us. Right up there with Harvey … Thanks Mr. Kameny

  4. Nathan says

    Mr Kameny..I salute you and thank you for having the intestinal fortitude to persevere in your fight for the LGBT community.May you rest in peace and I hope, that we that are left,can carry on the fight.

  5. says

    A great man. Love the point about gay petulance. Here’s a guy who worked for justice for fifty years. He knew the meaning of patience. Rest in peace.

  6. Brian in Texas says

    Bless him! I’m glad he lived to see a lot of the changes that he and his organizations helped to usher in.

  7. jason says

    Kameny was from a time when activists faced prosecution. He and his fellow gay rights supporters were true activists in the face of adversity. They differ markedly markedly from today’s gay activists. Today’s activists are tame and timid, and afraid to kick up a stink beyond a few complaints on the web.

    Most of the modern gay social scene is populated by men who are more interested in achieving multiple orgasms than in fighting for gay rights.

  8. Daya says

    Yes, it is important that we remember the work that came before us and continue to build on it. Reading his stories, when he found injustice he set himself in motion to fix it. Very simple and inspiring Soul. Thank you Frank!

    Oh, just one note, Frank did not start the Mattachine Society. That was Harry Hay in 1950. Even Frank said that in his interview with MetroWeekly in 2006. http://www.metroweekly.com/feature/?ak=2341

  9. kodiak says

    I’m embarrassed. I didn’t know he existed. And I know a lot about
    american gay history, at least I thought I did. This brings up the point now being debated in california, that of including gay american history in schools. It’s excluding history by not teaching it, in effect
    closeting history.

  10. Smartypants says

    Daya, while Hay, Gernreich and others founded the original Mattachine Society, it was Kameny who started the DC chapter. Regardless, they were all extraordinarily brave and sacrificed a great deal to help us achieve the freedom and success we have today. The only ones left from that generation of pioneers are Del Martin, co-founder of The Daughters of Bilitis, and Jose Sarria, better known as Empress Jose’ I, The Widow Norton, who started the Imperial Court system.

    They were such a small handful to blaze a trail for so many of us.

    We can best honor their memory

  11. Rick says

    The people I have always admired the most have been those who thought for themselves and challenged the status quo, not just for the sake of doing so, but because they had an unshakeable belief in themselves and their intellectual convictions.

    Frank Kameny and the other pioneers of the gay movement were characterized by such and deserve to be honored.

    Regrettably, the movement they started has stagnated in recent times as it has lost sight of its true purpose–namely, to bring an end to homophobia and create a space in the social mainstream for gay people–and degenerated instead into a mish-mash of misguided ideologies, which together constitute a form of social anarchy. Many of today’s “gay” activists are anti-masculinity rather than anti-homophobia, endorse every kind of non-conformist behavior imaginable–which not only clouds our core message, but tends to alienate people who would otherwise support us, and tout gender-bending and sissyhood in place of encouraging gay men to be strong and courageous and find their rightful places as men in society

    A sad irony that tempers the celebration of the lives of pioneers like Frank. We started out so well but have lost our way, I am afraid.

  12. Xavi says

    This is why the CA SB48 LGBT history bill is so important. I am so awed by the bravery, insight, intelligence and overwhelming humanity and amazing accomplishments of our LGBT brothers and sisters. Their stories need to be taught in our schools.

    I can only imagine what my teenage years would have been like had I known about Alan Turing, Frank Kameny, Harvey Milk and so many others. Even now, I feel pride and confidence when I read about these incredible leaders.

    Frank and his accomplishments will not be forgotten and his story will continue to motivate countless people around the world to push for their fundamental human rights.

    May he rest in peace.

  13. MikeyDallas says

    Damn, Rick. Frank Kameny was not the most butch guy on the planet. He demanded acceptance for who he was, not who others thought he should be. You could learn much from that.

  14. says

    I’m not American, but I feel guilty for not even knowing who this brave man was. We must not let ourselves forget those who got us where we are today. Times are still tough today, but in comparison to the past (and to some countries in africa and the middle east) many of us have it easy.