U.S. Government Formally Apologizes for 1957 Firing of Gay Astronomer
When the federal government fired Franklin Kameny in 1957 for being a homosexual, it unknowingly launched the young astronomer into a new career as a leading gay rights activist. After losing his civilian job for the U.S. Army’s mapping service, Kameny founded the Mattachine Society of Washington, one of the early movers for ending discrimination against gay men and lesbians in all quarters of society. Kameny also went on to become the first openly gay candidate for Congress, in 1971.
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