Google has chosen to honor Frank Kameny in its doodle this Wednesday. This is for the search engine to support the pride month that has just started. The American gay rights activist is seen walking in front of what looks like the White House. He wears a necklace around his neck. The same he wore around his neck during Gay Pride on June 12, 2010.
But who was Frank Kameny? Died in 2011 at the age of 86, the American was a great figure in the struggle for the recognition of LGBTQ people. He fought very early on the discrimination suffered by this community, fighting American laws hostile to homosexuals, reports Point. His fight, he led it as early as 1957, after the army fired him because of his sexual orientation. A little over fifteen years later, he succeeded in having the law which placed homosexuality in the list of mental illnesses repealed.
Frank Kameny spent his life fighting for LGBTQ rights.
Thanks to his efforts, in 1975 the Civil Service Commission finally lifted its ban on hiring #LGBTQ employees 🌈
— Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) June 2, 2021
With Obama two years before his death
The activist found himself alongside Barack Obama in 2009 when the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” law was repealed. It was a revenge for Frank Kameny who had to leave the army because of this law which pushed the soldiers to silence their orientations under penalty of being excluded from the ranks. It was this same law that had cost him his place in the army.
The Pride March will be held on June 26 in Paris.