Frank Kamini’s 95th Birthday (Photo Credit: Google)
Google on Wednesday honored Dr. Frank Kamini, an American astronomer, veteran of World War II and gay rights activist, by creating a special doodle on his 95th birthday. His birthday falls in June, so this month is also called the ‘month of pride’ worldwide. The image on the Google homepage shows Kamini wearing a colorful garland. Read more: Spring Season Google Doodle 2021: Google Celebrates the Beginning of Spring Season by Creating a Great Doodle
Google has described Kamini as “one of the most prominent figures in the US LGBTQ rights movement” and thanked him for “being brave enough to pave the way for decades of progress.” Kamini was born in 1921 in Queens, New York. He enrolled at Queen’s College at the age of 15 to study physics. Kamini fought in World War II before earning a doctorate in astronomy from Harvard University. In 1957, he became an astronomer in the Army Map Service, but lost his job a few months after the government banned members of the LGBTQ community from federal employment.
Kamini organized the first gay rights group in America. In the early 1970s, he challenged the American Psychiatric Association’s classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder.
The US government formally apologized to Kamini in 2009, more than 50 years after he was removed from the Army Map Service. In June 2010, the Washington D.C. Dupont Circle named a section of 17th Street NW near “Frank Camney Way.”