- Philip Gambone
Kameny, Frank (21 May 1925–11 October 2011), pioneer in the gay rights movement, was born Franklin Edward Kameny in New York City to Emil Kameny and Rae Beck, European Jews. A shy, precocious boy, he entered Queens College at age sixteen to study astronomy. During World War II he interrupted his studies to serve in the army. At his induction, when asked if he had homosexual tendencies, he answered no. Decades later he confessed that he resented having to lie in order to serve his country. After finishing his undergraduate degree in 1948 at Queens College, where he specialized in optics, Kameny went to Harvard to pursue a doctorate under the noted astrophysicist ...