Google doodle of Frank Kameny : What you see today on Google’s homepage, the picture which shows Kameny wearing a colourful garland, pays honour to him as we enter the month of June of June begins , which is ‘Pride Month’, celebrated globally.
Today we’ll be having a look at the Google who today on Wednesday honoured Dr Frank Kameny, a gay rights activist, an American astronomer and a World War II veteran. The picture on its homepage, which shows Kameny wearing a colourful garland, pays tribute to him as we enter the month of June, which is celebrated globally as ‘Pride Month’.
Google, describing Kameny as “on of the most prominent figures of the US LGBTQ rights movement” and thanks him “for courageously paving the way for decades of progress”.
Born on May 21, 1925 in Queens, New York, Kameny enrolled at Queens College at the young age of 15 so he could study physics. Before having a doctorate in astronomy from Harvard University, Kameny fought in World War II In 1957. He became an astronomer with the Army Map Service, but lost his job a few months later after the government banned members of the LGBTQ community from federal employment.
To this Kameny stood against the government, and in 1961, he was the first who filed the first gay rights appeal to the US Supreme Court.
Kameny founded one of the first gay rights advocacy groups in the United States. He challenged the American Psychiatric Association’s classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder in the early 1970s
The US government, in 2009, formally apologised to Kameny, Over 50 years after he lost his job from the Army Map Service.
Then, In June 2010, a stretch of 17th Street NW near Dupont Circle was named as “Frank Kameny Way”, by Washington D.C.
Kameny left this world on October 11, 2011 in Washington D.C.