Friday, November 4, 2011

Farewell Frank

It appears Frank Kameny received an appropriate send-off.  One of the giants of the gay rights movement, Kameny died on Oct. 11 at 86, and yesterday he was honored with a farewell viewing held at the Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C.

Protest signs flanked his flag-draped casket.  Fitting for a man who picketed the White House for gay rights when Stonewall was just a twinkle in a drag queen's eye.

Two days ago the National Parks Service added Kameny's home in D.C. to its Register of Historic Places.  To think the federal government fired him in 1957 for being gay.  Not a soul could've predicted how far Kameny and the country would come since then.  Peggy Lee as secretary of defense might've seemed more likely.

To see pictures from yesterday's farewell, click here.