Thursday, 13 October 2011 23:34

Thank You Mr. Kameny

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A famous gay activist is deceased Tuesday at 86 years old.

Frank Kameny, American LGBT militant since the Sixties, is gone.

Native of New York, he worked in the American army but had been fired and banned to work as a civil servant in 1958 because he was gay.

This doctor in astronomy had then engaged in a long life of militancy for LGBT rights, fighting against discriminations in the civil service, against anti-gay laws or classification in psychiatry, repealed in 1973, before homosexuality was considered like mental illness.

In 1965, he launched the slogan "Gay Is Good".

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There is less than one month, he was in the forefront when Obama signed the repeal of "Don't ask, don't Tell".

More than 70,000 letters, documents and objects, were deposited since 2006 at the Bookstore of the Congress, forming "undoubtedly the most complete collection on the movement for the LGBT rights in America".

No matter where we live, we can all say thank you to Mr. Kameny who, while fighting all his life for our rights, and even if the fight will continue, has allowed to us to have more rights, freedom and equality.

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Here a tribute to Frank Kameny by Rachel Maddow:




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