Memorial Service for Gay Rights Pioneer on Capitol Hill

Cannon House Office Building will host public memorial

By Brandon Benavides
|  Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011  |  Updated 10:13 AM EDT
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Memorial Service for Gay Rights Pioneer on Capitol Hill

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Gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny at the White House.

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Frank Kameny, who died last month, will be honored with a Capitol Hill memorial service.

Members of Congress and the Obama administration are expected to honor Kameny on Tuesday.
The public service is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in the Cannon House Office Building.
 
Kameny died October 11 in his Washington home. He was 86-years-old.
 
He spent most of his life fighting for gay and lesbian equality after the federal government fired him for being gay in 1957.
 
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Kameny’s co-founding of the Mattachine Society of Washington. It is considered the first gay rights group in the nation’s capitol.
 

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