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Frank Kameny

1925 - 2011

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Franklin Edward Kameny (May 21, 1925 – October 11, 2011) was an American gay rights activist. He has been referred to as "one of the most significant figures" in the American gay rights movement.During the Lavender scare, in 1957, Kameny was dismissed from his position as an astronomer in the U.S. Army's Army Map Service in Washington, D.C., because of his homosexuality, leading him to begin "a Herculean struggle with the American establishment" that would "spearhead a new period of militancy in the homosexual rights movement of the early 1960s".Kameny formally appealed his firing by the U.S. Civil Service Commission. Although unsuccessful, the proceeding was notable as the first known civil rights claim based on sexual orientation pursued in a U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frank Kameny has received more than 1,073,541 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Frank Kameny is the 531st most popular social activist (down from 464th in 2019), the 10,692nd most popular biography from United States (down from 10,467th in 2019) and the 84th most popular American Social Activist.

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Among social activists, Frank Kameny ranks 531 out of 538Before him are Roger Stone, Peter Arnett, Chen Guangcheng, William Smith O'Brien, Oinikhol Bobonazarova, and Ingrid Newkirk. After him are Jan Egeland, Luis Taruc, Rachel Corrie, Eren Keskin, Manal al-Sharif, and Maggie Gobran.

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Among people born in 1925, Frank Kameny ranks 457Before him are Ted Lindsay, William Jones, Warren Frost, Tom Dowd, Heinz Ulzheimer, and Robert Cormier. After him are Roy Brown, Jimmy Dickinson, Morgan Woodward, Salil Chowdhury, Albert Paulsen, and Jay Chamberlain. Among people deceased in 2011, Frank Kameny ranks 402Before him are Taiji, Andrija Fuderer, Ragnar Lundberg, Khamis Gaddafi, Albertina Sisulu, and Mike Starr. After him are Chris Lawrence, Knut Steen, Aloysius Ambrozic, Laura Ziskin, Matti Yrjänä Joensuu, and Ronald Searle.

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Among people born in United States, Frank Kameny ranks 10,692 out of 18,182Before him are Grace Cunard (1893), Clifford Jordan (1931), Burn Gorman (1974), John Bartram (1699), Kiera Cass (1981), and William Paca (1740). After him are David Giuntoli (1980), Barbara Anderson (1945), Peter Kreeft (1937), Michael Beach (1963), Curtis Armstrong (1953), and Zebulon Pike (1779).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In United States

Among social activists born in United States, Frank Kameny ranks 84Before him are Dolores Huerta (1930), Frances Willard (1839), Yolanda King (1955), Bayard Rustin (1912), Mario Savio (1942), and Roger Stone (1952). After him are Rachel Corrie (1979), Lucy Burns (1879), Mary McLeod Bethune (1875), Fannie Lou Hamer (1917), Dorothy Height (1912), and Matthew Shepard (1976).