Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Labor dept. inducts
Kameny into Hall


Photo: Courtesy U.S. Dept. of Labor
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The U.S. Department of Labor inducted the late gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny into its Hall of Honor during a ceremony Tuesday, June 23 at the Frances Perkins Building in Washington, D.C. With pictures of Kameny in the background, speakers, including D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, above, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, and U.S. Defense Department Chief of Staff Eric Fanning, a gay man, talked about Kameny's accomplishments. Kameny, a World War II veteran and Harvard-educated doctor of astronomy with the U.S. Army Map Service, was fired for being gay in 1958, but went on to fight for gay rights. He organized the first protest for gay rights held in front of the White House in 1965 and coined the phrase "Gay is Good." Kameny died in October 2011.



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