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  1. David Hearne says

    I met him once in 1976 at the University Of Maryland. He seemed genuinely dedicated to the next generations of gay people having a better life.

  2. David Hearne says

    Fear not, New York! The Human Rights Campaign is writing a letter! So we’ve had a rally, we’re getting a letter, the only left is a candle light vigil and we’ll be exactly the whiny little weenies people expect us to be.

    Arm yourselves. Do not stand by and watch the gay community (or your parents, or friends, or the next generation, or the neighborhood you grew up in) attacked by the criminal evidence of the decay of society.

  3. Michael Bedwell says

    I was honored to know him, work with him, cook a Thanksgiving dinner with him one year in the home I then shared with his legendary protege the late Leonard Matlovich, and to take him to a GetEQUAL fundraisers a few months before he died where he was rightfully treated like royalty by activists a third his age.

    Attention President Obama: please posthumously award him the Presidential Medal of Freedom .

  4. Ted B. (Charging Rhino) says

    While a brave and a great pioneer, the Mattachine Society’s ties to communism and the American Communist Party will always be troubling aspect of Mr. Kameny legacy.

  5. Jerry says

    True story:

    I have this vintage (early seventies) cheesy straight “mockumentary” porn film where Kameny is interviewed at length about homosexuality. This being a straight film, however, we only see a girl-girl scene intercut into the interview, because God forbid sexually insecure men accidentally get turned on by two guys having sex…

  6. Michael Bedwell says

    @ Ted B: “ties to communism…” are absolutely NOT an “aspect of” Frank Kameny’s legacy. Not only was Mattachine Society of Washington which he cofounded NOT a “chapter” of the original Mattachine founded in LA a decade before by SOME who did have SOME “communist ties,” he didn’t even want to include “Mattachine” in the name of the new group because he rejected its association with political passivity. But he was outvoted by his cofounders who felt that their group, however independent, would benefit from the name recognition “Mattachine” then had in the gay community. In fact, by that time, the few groups surviving around the country that had been once affiliated [though virtually all of them created AFTER the “purge” of the “communists” from the original group] had become independent, too.

  7. anon says

    Frank confined himself for a long time to the issue of his own employment and federal policy. It was a narrow focus. Later on, others joined up with him and that broadened the movement, but it’s always been a weakness of the gay rights cause that the individuals involved tended to have a very narrow focus for their activism. A documentary just about FK would be something of a lopsided disservice to others. He also had a habit of implying indirectly that he deserved all the credit for the gay rights movement, which is not true. If you don’t believe me, watch his interviews where he goes on about being the “first” or “only” one doing anything. These two things are NOT true.

  8. Genuine 505 says

    What a fantastic pioneer for a fantastic community! SO proud to be gay and proud to be in a community with a hero like this man. RIP

  9. TyInTennn says

    @Michael Bedwell – you said it right – how great it would be to have him win the Medal of Freedom. We’re all better because of him and others like him.

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