Fenty dedicates street for gay rights icon

Capital Land,Alan Suderman

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, District Department of transportation head Gabe Klein and Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans on Friday dedicated part of 17th Street (betwen R & Q streets) to Frank Kameny, an icon in the gay rights movement.

Kameny was booted from the U.S. Army’s map service in the 1950s for being gay, and fought his dismissal all the way to the Supreme Court.

He also led the effort to get the American Psychiatric Association to stop classifying homosexuality as a disorder, and ran for Congress as a the first openly gay candidate.

Last year, Kameny’s home on Cathedral Avenue in NW Washington was designated as a D.C. Historic Landmark.

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