This Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Resource Guide is
intended to assist Ohio students and faculty with research in the
field. Due to the massive and interdisciplinary nature of GLBT Studies,
it would be impossible to include everything possible within the confines
of this LibGuide. This site is to serve as a launching
point for research. Like always, please contact an Ohio librarian for any assistance you need.
“Gay is Good.”
Born in 1925 Franklin Kameny was born in Queens, New York. It would be incorrect to say that he was born at the cusp of the American GLBT civil rights era; when in fact, he is largely credited for being instrumental in creating an American discourse concerning GLBT issues.
His activist life started in 1957 when he was abruptly terminated as a government astronomer for being homosexual. Mr. Kameny was a force like no other. He appealed his termination to every oversight board he could. Sadly, his appeals went unheard to flat out denied.
With few options at his disposal Mr. Kameny picketed the State Department, Pentagon, and the White House with signs reading “First Class Rights for Homosexuals” among many others. Still living in Washington, D.C. he co-founded the Mattachine Society of Washington (MSW) in which helped others who were terminated from the federal government for being homosexual fight for employment equality.
In the late ‘60s Mr. Kameny coined the phrase “Gay is Good” which became the rally cry of the GLBT civil rights movement. In 1971, he worked tirelessly to have the American Psychological Association remove homosexuality as a disorder. He was successful in reaching this goal in 1973.
In 2009, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management issued an official apology for his wrongful termination in 1957.
Musbach, T. (1997). Frank Kameny. In M. J. Tyrkus (Ed.), Gay & Lesbian Biography (pp. 261-262). Detroit, MI: St. James Press.
Chibbaro Jr., L. (2011, October 11). Longtime gay activist Frank Kameny dies. Washington Blade. Retrieved November 8, 2011, from http://www.washingtonblade.com/2011/10/11/longtime-gay-activist-frank-kameny-passes-on/