|(Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu, The Washington Post)|
This is wonderful! Gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny, an astronomer, was fired for being gay. Now he is a part of the heavens!
Kameny, who earned a doctorate in astronomy at Harvard University, was an astronomer with the U.S. Army Map Service in the 1950s but was fired from his job for being gay. He contested the firing all the way to the Supreme Court and later organized the first gay rights protests outside the White House, the Pentagon and in Philadelphia in the 1960s.