Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Archive of LGBT Rights Pioneer Opens

Ever wanted to learn more about the history of the LGBT movement in America? Now you can at the Library of Congress, according to The New York Blade.

Frank Kameny [pictured, right] is considered one of the key activists who launched the gay civil rights movement in the U.S., back in the early 1960's. Kameny was fired from his government job after it was discovered he was gay - and thus a lifetime of activism was born. Kameny is credited with the slogan "Gay is Good!"

Back in 2006, some of his materials were made part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, and were even on public display.

Kameny's archives of the birth and advancement of the struggle for equality was donated to the Library of Congress - and now those papers are available to researchers and historians. It's a wonderful thing to have the history of our movement preserved for future generations of LGBT people and our allies to understand where we've come from and where we are going.

Not able to get to the Library of Congress? No worries - you can check out much archival materials at TheKamenyPapers.org

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