Frank Kameny

It Took 52 Years, But the Federal Gov’t Now Realizes Gay Is Good


Some 52 years ago, Dr. Frank Kameny was fired from his post as an astronomer in the Army Map Service for one reason: he was gay. Yesterday, OPM’s gay director John Berry was all: Yeah, sorry about that. And then Kameny was all: S’cool. And, well, it is, since between his dismissal and today Kameny would go on to become a civil rights leader, coining the phrase “Gay Is Good,” taking his wrongful termination case to the U.S. Supreme Court, which, although it denied to hear his petition, marked the first time a case based on sexual orientation reached the justices.