Pioneer of Gay Rights Frank Kameny passes away

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Frank Kameny a well know Gay rights activist aged 86 passed away at his home in Washington on Tuesday. Frank was fired from his job for being homosexual in the year 1957 which resulted in him becoming one of the pioneers of Gay rights.

A friend of Frank for the past 30 years Bob Witeck confirmed the report of his death. He also reported that Frank health had deteriorated over the past few weeks and he suffered a attack which resulted in his death.

Plans are being discussed to hold a memorial for Frank Kameny in November.

Kameny was working as a government astronomer and just five months into his job he was asked to visit the federal investigators who told him that they had solid information of him being homosexual and then they ruthlessly fired him.

Frank Kameny retaliated by contesting his sacking by the U.S Civil Service Commission by writing letters to the agency, both houses of Congress and eventually the White House.

He sued and lost in lower courts, but pressed on with a lengthy brief in 1961 that is now regarded as the first civil rights claim based on sexual orientation to be brought to the U.S. Supreme Court. Soon after, he co-founded the Mattachine Society of Washington, which advocated for equal rights for gays and lesbians.

He alongside 10 other people became the first few people to stage a protest of gay rights in front of the White House, Pentagon and other noticeable places.

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