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Franklin Edward Kameny

(1925-05-21)May 21, 1925
Died October 11, 2011(2011-10-11) (aged 86)
Nationality American
Alma mater Queens College, Harvard University
Known for Fired by US government in 1957 for being gay
Co-founder of Mattachine Society, Washington D.C.

Franklin Edward "Frank" Kameny (May 21, 1925 – October 11, 2011) was an important person in the American gay rights movement.

Early life

Kameny was born on May 21, 1925 in New York City, New York. He studied at Richmond Hill High School and at Queens College.


Kameny died on October 11, 2011 in Washington, D.C. from heart disease. He was 86 years old.


Following Kameny's death, the giant rainbow flag on the tall flagpole at the corner of Market Street and Castro Street in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco was flown at half-staff for 24 hours beginning on the afternoon of October 12, 2011 at the request of the creator of the rainbow flag, Gilbert Baker.

On November 2, 2011, Kameny's house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

On July 3 2012, Minor Planet (40463) Frankkameny was named in Kameny's honor by the International Astronomical Union and the Minor Planet Center.

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