|May 21, 1925
|Frank Kameny age
|98 YEARS OLD
American gay rights activist who launched the first discrimination lawsuit on the basis of sexual orientation. He went on to become a pioneer in the field of gay civil rights activism.
He studied physics at Queens College, City University of New York. He was drafted into military service and fought in World War II before returning to the United States to enroll at Harvard University. He graduated from Harvard with a doctorate in astronomy.
In 1961, he successfully co-organized some of the first public protests in support of gay rights, one of which was staged in front of the White House. He went on to form The Gay and Lesbian Alliance of Washington, DC.
His parents were of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. His childhood home is listed as part of the New York City LGBT Historic Sites Project.
He was active in the struggle for gay civil rights at the same time Martin Luther King Jr. was fighting for Black civil rights.