Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another

thescroll_header

Gay Is Good

Shivah Stars

Print Email
Frank Kameny.(Jahi Chikwendiu/WP)

Each week, we select the most interesting Jewish obituary. This week, it’s that of Frank Kameny, the Washington, D.C.-based gay rights activist who died yesterday—National Coming Out Day—at 86. If you haven’t heard of him, it’s because he was that far ahead of the curve; he enlisted in the Army, for example, during World War Two (“they asked, I didn’t tell”). Tablet Magazine contributor James Kirchick interviewed him last year. He was an astronomer who was thrust into the movement and quickly played a major role, particularly in D.C., where, for example, he worked to get the anti-sodomy law repealed in the ’90s. “I’ve said for many years that San Francisco was looked upon as the center, but D.C. is very much the success story of the gay movement,” he told Kirchick. Politics: they matter.

Frank Kameny, Leading Gay Rights Activist, Dies at 86 [WP]
The Accidental Activist [Washingtonian]

Print Email
2000

Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Be a Mensch. Support Tablet.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Gay Is Good

Shivah Stars

More on Tablet:

Wolf Blitzer Explores His Jewish Roots

By David Meir Grossman — CNN host visits Yad Vashem and Auschwitz for the network’s ‘Roots’ series