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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 10/12/2011

DeMorning Links: Frank Kameny, 1925-2011


Franklin F. Kameny, in 2005 (Jahi Chikwendiu - TWP)
Franklin E. Kameny, whose five decades of activism paved the way for innumerable gay-rights advances in Washington and the country at large, died yesterday at 86. From the Post obituary: “Mr. Kameny, a Harvard PhD whose homosexuality reportedly led to his discharge from a federal government job, lived to see his years of determined advocacy rewarded by the success of many of his campaigns and by his ultimate welcome by a political establishment that rejected him. His death, apparently on National Coming Out Day, came in a year when gay people were accorded the right to serve openly in the armed forces.” Numerous national gay rights organizations issued statements last night mourning his death. A Facebook page has been set up for tributes to Kameny, as well as a Post photo gallery. More from the Blade, Metro Weekly, CNN, and The Advocate.

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