Longtime Gay Activist Kameny Past Away - Thank you For All That You Did! - Donations Needed For Funeral

  • metta

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    Oct 12, 2011 1:21 AM GMT
    Longtime Gay Activist Kameny Past Away


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    "The death came less a month before the planned celebration of the 50th anniversary of Kameny’s founding of the Mattachine Society of Washington, the first gay rights organization in the nation’s capital."

    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2011/10/11/longtime-gay-activist-frank-kameny-passes-on/


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  • metta

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    Oct 13, 2011 6:56 AM GMT
    Gay rights papers shown at US library

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    The documents come from gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny, who was fired as a government astronomer in 1957 because he was gay. The library is showing Kameny’s 1961 petition to the U.S. Supreme Court, contesting his firing.

    Though it was denied, Kameny’s was the first petition to the high court for a violation of civil rights based on sexual orientation. He argued the government’s actions toward gays were an “affront to human dignity.”

    “This inclusion is an epic milestone in the telling of gay history because it places gay Americans’ struggle for equality where it belongs — in the story of the Constitution itself,” Charles Francis, a founder of the Kameny Papers Project, told The Associated Press.

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    In 1965, Kameny was the first to stage a gay rights protest in with about 10 others in front of the White House and later the Pentagon and elsewhere with signs that read: “Homosexuals Ask For the Right to the Pursuit of Happiness,” among other messages. He also took on the American Psychiatric Association to successfully argue that being gay or lesbian shouldn’t be defined as a mental illness.
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    http://bangordailynews.com/2011/05/09/news/gay-rights-papers-shown-at-us-library/
  • metta

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    Oct 13, 2011 6:58 AM GMT
    Thank you Mr. Kameny. RIP! All of our lives are better because of your accomplishments!
  • BIG_N_TALL

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    Oct 13, 2011 7:05 AM GMT
    I remember reading about Kameny and the Mattachine Society in my LGBT Politics course as an undergrad. I'm kinda sad to hear he died. I suspect the man who taught my course is devastated right now since he knew Kameny personally through his own gay rights activism in the 1980's icon_sad.gif
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    Oct 13, 2011 7:21 AM GMT
    My heartfelt tribute:

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    Oct 13, 2011 7:26 AM GMT
    Alpha1 saidI remember reading about Kameny and the Mattachine Society in my LGBT Politics course as an undergrad. I'm kinda sad to hear he died. I suspect the man who taught my course is devastated right now since he knew Kameny personally through his own gay rights activism in the 1980's icon_sad.gif


    "LGBT Politics" on your transcript? Not good.
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    Oct 13, 2011 7:30 AM GMT
    metta8 saidLongtime Gay Activist Kameny Past Away


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    "The death came less a month before the planned celebration of the 50th anniversary of Kameny’s founding of the Mattachine Society of Washington, the first gay rights organization in the nation’s capital."

    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2011/10/11/longtime-gay-activist-frank-kameny-passes-on/


    I saw this on the NBC news. RIP.

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    Oct 13, 2011 7:35 AM GMT
    Without his efforts, the world would be a darker place.

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    Oct 13, 2011 7:36 AM GMT
    JackNWNJ said
    Alpha1 saidI remember reading about Kameny and the Mattachine Society in my LGBT Politics course as an undergrad. I'm kinda sad to hear he died. I suspect the man who taught my course is devastated right now since he knew Kameny personally through his own gay rights activism in the 1980's icon_sad.gif


    "LGBT Politics" on your transcript? Not good.


    It is just one course under a mountain of international relations, public policy, law, and economics courses I took.... and that was just as an undergraduate. People and employers can take or leave it. I'm not losing sleep over it. As I bluntly told someone once, "They can get on board or shut the hell up, it makes no difference to me."
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    Oct 13, 2011 7:39 AM GMT
    It's all good. Just an FYI. It will contribute to an overall lack of income over your lifetime.
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    Oct 13, 2011 7:41 AM GMT
    My opinion of and tribute to activists everywhere:

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    Oct 13, 2011 7:44 AM GMT
    JackNWNJ saidIt's all good. Just an FYI. It will contribute to an overall lack of income over your lifetime.


    Well, I'll put it like this, when I drop dead, I won't be making any income. As George Strait put it, "I ain't ever seen a hearse with a luggage rack." So if I am going to make less money as a result - which I seriously doubt - it is just a temporary problem.

    I'll take my talent and ambition else where if it is that much of a problem. So far, no one is complaining. The only thing my employers have ever wanted and want is for me to make them money.
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    Oct 13, 2011 1:20 PM GMT
    A truly courageous man who put his life and livelihood on the line for what he believed.

    Gay is good. ~Kameny
  • metta

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    Oct 14, 2011 10:34 PM GMT

    The Kameny Papers Project
    http://www.kamenypapers.org/


    Remembering Gay Rights Activist Frank Kameny (1925-2011)
    http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/aroundthemall/2011/10/remembering-gay-rights-activist-frank-kameny-1925-2011/
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    Oct 14, 2011 10:42 PM GMT

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    Oct 14, 2011 10:51 PM GMT
    metta8 saidHe also took on the American Psychiatric Association to successfully argue that being gay or lesbian shouldn’t be defined as a mental illness>


    WOWicon_eek.gif that was HIM? He is a total hero!! thanks to him the entire medical field worldwide had ceased considering us mental cases and experimenting on us with drugs and countless other techniques to "fix" our sexual preferences
  • metta

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    Oct 14, 2011 10:52 PM GMT
    From 2006

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    Oct 14, 2011 10:53 PM GMT
    from 2008

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    Oct 14, 2011 11:03 PM GMT
    very inspiring! he is one of many who put in the effort and be the voice.
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    Oct 14, 2011 11:10 PM GMT
    We need to know our history.
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    Oct 14, 2011 11:17 PM GMT
    TroyAthlete saidWe need to know our history.


    definitely! it's really quite fascinating, and i think it helps put things in perspective of where we started out and where we're going.
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    Oct 14, 2011 11:21 PM GMT
    JackNWNJ saidIt's all good. Just an FYI. It will contribute to an overall lack of income over your lifetime.


    Maybe he's more concerned with his self respect? Also, there are plenty of people out there who are not homophobic and may look at an lgbt course as a positive to a well-rounded person.

    BTW, I also live in South Carolina and being out at work has never hindered my advancement.
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    Oct 15, 2011 2:46 PM GMT
    JackNWNJ saidIt's all good. Just an FYI. It will contribute to an overall lack of income over your lifetime.



    No employer other than the very 1st after college has ever asked to see a transcript. Give me a break.
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    Oct 20, 2011 3:43 PM GMT


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    Oct 20, 2011 3:48 PM GMT
    I met him years ago when I was a little active in local DC gay politics. As annoying as he could be on a personal level, he was a force to be reckoned with and we all (at least those of us in the US) owe him a debt of gratitude.

    sportsguysd7 said
    JackNWNJ saidIt's all good. Just an FYI. It will contribute to an overall lack of income over your lifetime.



    No employer other than the very 1st after college has ever asked to see a transcript. Give me a break.


    Agreed that, depending on industry, it can be pretty uncommon. Anyway, the upsides and downsides of putting LGBT activities on your resume, it depends on the industry and the location. For many, many companies that value diversity it can even be a plus.