In a reminder that Stonewall, while pivotal, was not the beginning of the gay (now LGBT) rights movement, pioneer Frank Kameny has passed away at the age of 86.
From the Washington Post:
Frank Kameny, 86, a persistent, often brash activist who was one of the leading figures of the gay rights movement in the Washington area and in the nation, was found dead Oct. 11 at his home in Northwest Washington.
His death was confirmed by Charles Francis, a founder of the Kameny Papers Project, and Marvin Carter, a longtime friend. The cause of death could not immediately be learned.
Mr. Kameny, a Harvard PhD whose homosexuality led to his discharge from a federal government job more than half a century ago, lived to see his years of determined advocacy rewarded by the success of many of his campaigns and by his ultimate welcome from a political establishment that had rejected him.
His death, apparently on National Coming Out Day, occurred in a year in which gay men and lesbians were accorded the right to serve openly in the armed forces, as David A. Catania (I-At Large), the D.C. Council’s first openly gay member, noted Tuesday night.