Video from a memorial service held last week for the gay rights pioneer shows why our movement’s political leaders are so thankful for Frank Kameny.
The video below reflects highlights from the service held in the historic Cannon Caucus Room, featuring a remembrance by William Eskridge Jr., a professor of jurisprudence at Yale University, and Reps. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia, and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.
When in college, Baldwin, the first openly lesbian congresswoman who is now running for U.S. Senate, notes she had little by way of resources to look to and credits Kameny’s example during this time of her need.
Kameny became known as the first gay person to fight the federal government because of his dismissal on the grounds of homosexuality from his job as an astronomer in 1957. Norton compared this act by Kameny to Rosa Parks’ refusal to sit in the back of the bus as an act of defiance of the South’s segregation laws.
Frank Kameny Memorial from www.gayusathemovie.com on Vimeo.