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  1. MattNYC
    October 12, 2011

    His memory WILL be a blessing for all of us and all of those who follow us. I am very glad that I had the chance to hear him speak when I lived in DC. A great man. A big loss for our community. There needs to be a NATIONAL monument to him and Harry Hay and the other LGBT pioneers. But if it took this long for an MLK memorial, I won’t be holding my breath :(

  2. Jaft
    October 12, 2011

    As a young bisexual, I tend to forget that even the present eventually becomes the past.

    With all the wonderful advancements Kameny has gotten these past few years (the Smithsonian, the Teddy Roosevelt award, etc.), something feels robbed in him being gone.

    I’m terribly saddened.

  3. BT
    October 12, 2011

    I write this with tears swelling in my eyes.

    Frank Kameny is indeed a true gay hero.

    He fought for our rights. He never gave up, never was deterred.

    Gay definitely is good and it does get better.

    May St. Peter welcome Frank into heaven with open arms.

  4. Jay Jonson
    October 12, 2011

    Frank Kameny lived a life that needed to have been lived. He helped make America a more just nation and he helped so many of us take pride in ourselves. I hope that he realized the depth and breadth of his contributions. May he rest in peace knowing that he fought for justice in an unjust world.

  5. Michael
    October 12, 2011

    I lived in Philadelphia at the time of Frank Kameny’s “Annual Reminder” demonstrations at Independence Hall. In the mid to late 60s, as a young teenager, I was coming to terms with my sexuality. It would be many years before I actually made contact with another gay person. During those years, Frank Kameny and his demonstrations at Independence Hall made me aware that there were others out there who felt as I did. Every year I secretly read and re-read the articles that appeared in the local papers about the demonstration. He was truly an inspiration to me at time when I was very frightened by what I was feeling, and at a time that I feel very alone.

  6. Richard Rush
    October 12, 2011

    I think it’s fair to say that if it had not been for Frank Kameny, the progress in gay rights would not be nearly as far along today. I suspect that most younger gay people today cannot begin to imagine the enormous courage it took to publicly engage in the pursuit of gay rights in the 1950s.

    R.I.P.

  7. tristram
    October 12, 2011

    It’s truly serendipitous that he died on “National Coming Out Day.” Search ‘coming out day’ on YouTube and watch the world changing for the better before your eyes. I hope all these kids (and latebutgreaters as well) someday will know the name Frank Kameny and understand that they stand on the shoulders of this giant (among others, of course).

  8. Jonathan Lubin
    October 12, 2011

    I met him several times when I was living in DC twenty years ago. He was cranky, irascible, uncompromising, endlessly amusing, and always right. A wonderful inspiration to all of us, and I’m grateful to have known him.

  9. Timothy Kincaid
    October 12, 2011

    Richard,

    You are absolutely correct. Kameny changed the world.

    Most people think “what do I matter? I’m no one important, have no connections, and no one will listen.”

    But It’s funny. Most of those who change the world have no special skills or extra access or social epiphany. They just show up and do it.

    Yes, Kameny was very bright and articulate. But his most important work was not lecturing the Supreme Court. His most important work was walking in a circle with a sign. Over and over. Year after year.

    Until eventually, he changed a world in which no one believed his sign into one in which nations across the globe take his message as a foundational truth.

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