Widely recognised as one of the most prominent figures of the US LGBTQ rights movement, Google Doodle today celebrates American gay rights activist Frank Kameny, in celebration of Pride Month.
Born in Queens, New York, in 1925, Franklin Edward Kameny, was an American astronomer, veteran, and gay rights activist. At a young age of 15 He enrolled at Queens College to study physics.
He served in the Army throughout World War II in Europe. After leaving the Army, he returned to Queens College and graduated with a baccalaureate in physics in 1948.
As a gay rights pioneer Kameny was widely recognized for his work, in the last years of his life. Over 50 years after his dismissal, in 2009 Frank Kameny received a formal apology from the US government. Washington D.C. named a stretch of 17th Street NW near Dupont Circle “Frank Kameny Way” in June 2010, in his honour. In 2011 at the age of 86 Frank Kameny died.
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