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Pride Month: Google Doodle Celebrates LGBTQ Rights Activist Dr. Frank Kameny | India News


NEW DELHI: Google Doodle celebrated Pride Month on Wednesday honoring American astronomer, veteran and gay rights activist Dr. Frank Kameny. Kameny is widely hailed as one of the most prominent figures in the US LGBTQ rights movement.
Kameny, a Harvard graduate, was the first gay rights activist to appeal to the United States Supreme Court after being barred from federal employment for being gay. Kameny also questioned the classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder.
In 2009, more than 50 years after his impeachment, Kameny received a formal apology from the United States government. In June 2010, Washington DC named a stretch of 17th Street NW near Dupont Circle “Frank Kameny Way” in his honor.
In its note, Google Doodle thanked Kameny “for bravely paving the way for decades of progress.”
To celebrate Pride, Google Search will feature a colorful confetti surprise throughout the month on all Pride-related searches.
Who was Frank kameny
Franklin Edward Kameny was born in Queens, New York, on May 21, 1925. Gifted from an early age, Kameny enrolled at Queens College to study physics at just 15 years old. He entered combat during World War II and, upon his return to the United States, he obtained a doctorate in astronomy from Harvard University.
Kameny and gay rights activism
In 1957, Kameny accepted a job as an astronomer with the Army Map Service, but was fired a few months later by an executive order effectively banning members of the LGBTQ community from federal employment.
In response to his firing, Kameny sued the federal government and in 1961 filed the first appeal on gay rights to the United States Supreme Court.
Denied but undeterred, Kameny embarked on a lifelong fight for equal rights. Years before the Stonewall riots, he organized one of the first gay rights groups in the country.
In the early 1970s, he also successfully challenged the American Psychiatric Association’s classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder, and in 1975, the Civil Service Commission finally overturned its ban on LGBTQ employees.
What is pride month?
Pride Month is celebrated throughout June as a tribute to those who participated in the Stonewall riots. In 1969, the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village that sparked a movement that continued for six days with protests and clashes.
The activists demanded the establishment of places where LGBT + people could be open about their sexual orientation without fear of arrest.
Pride Day is celebrated on June 28 when the first pride march was held in New York City in 1970. Communities around the world often celebrate Pride Day on different dates through June.

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