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Frank Kameny, a US Army astronomer fired in 1957 because of his sexuality, is remembered for suing the US government, the first known civil rights lawsuit based on sexual orientation. He lost in court but spent the rest of his life battling for LGBTQ rights. Co-founder of the Washington, DC chapter of the Mattachine Society, he orchestrated a picket line at the White House in 1965 that spread to the UN in New York and Independence Hall in Philadelphia and was a forerunner of Pride remembrances. His home in Washington, DC has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2011, but nothing marks the house in Queens where he grew up.

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