June is celebrated as Pride Month. The Google Doodle honored Frank Kameny for his contribution to creating awareness for LGBTQ rights.
Frank Kameny was a World War II veteran, American astronomer, and Gay Rights activist.
The Google Doodle shows Kameny wearing a colorful garland honoring him for his efforts in the American Gay Rights Movement. Google described Frank Kameny as “one of the most prominent personalities of the US LGBTQ rights movement”.
In celebration of Pride Month, today’s #GoogleDoodle honors astronomer, veteran, & gay rights activist, Dr. Frank Kameny—an influential figure in the LGBTQ rights movement ????????❤️— Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) June 2, 2021
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The world’s most used search engine thanked the activist “for courageously paving the way for decades of progress.”
Frank Kameny was born on 21 May 1925, in Queens, New York. He studied Physics and also fought in World War II. He also attained a Doctorate in Astronomy from Harvard University.
In 1957, Frank became an Astronomer but lost his job when the Government banned LGBTQ community members from federal employment.
Kameny filed a case against the Government and in 1961, filed the first gay right appeal in the US Supreme Court.
He established one of the first gay rights advocacy groups in the US. He also challenged the American Psychiatric Associations for classifying homosexuality as a mental disorder.
In 2009, the US Government formally apologized to Frank for dismissing him from the job.
Kameny died on October 11, 2011, but he is remembered as one of the most significant gay rights activists in world history.