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Mayor and City Council Honored Gay Rights Pioneer Frank Kameny at June 2010 Ceremony

Early on the morning of June 10, 2010, at the corner of 17th and R Streets, NW, Mayor Adrian Fenty, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, and leaders of the gay community were joined by a large crowd of neighborhood and city residents as the two-block stretch of 17th Street between R and Q Streets was dedicated as Frank Kameny Way, pursuant to the “Frank Kameny Way Designation Act of 2010” which officially recognized the contributions of Dr. Frank Kameny, one of the nation’s most significant gay rights leaders, for his contributions to the District and its GLBT community.

Dr. Kameny served in the U.S. Army during World War II but was fired from the Army Map Service in 1957 because of his sexuality. In the first civil rights claim based on sexual orientation, he took his case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Along with co-founding the Mattachine Society of Washington in 1961, Kameny led myriad successful national efforts in service to the gay community. He also helped to reverse the American Psychiatric Association’s classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder and became the first openly gay candidate to run for Congress in 1971.

P.L. Wolff