The Man Who Invented Gay Rights
By David Carter, Special to CNN
December 24, 2010 3:47 p.m. EST
Editor's note: David Carter is the author of "Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution," the basis for the American Experience film "Stonewall Uprising" that will be shown on PBS in April. He is working on a biography of Frank Kameny.
The one main question that exists is concerning this legislated movement that was built upon the purported existence of a Gay Gene [Lying through their teeth that homosexuality was not a learned deviant behavior, but that it was genetic. So that a person predisposed to homosexuality can not help what they are programmed to be] as their rational for Gay Rights Super-citizenship through the Judicial and Legislation pen. Since the announcement in mid-2010 that after a decade of genetic research no gay gene exists; will all the laws and statues that have been put on the books on the basis of lies deceit and false information in Federal and State be nullified and or removed?
Gay rights is just one of an increasing number of unconstitutional laws that have been put on the books in the last three decades that create a class of Americans with what we call Super-citizenship.† That is a special unconstitutional rights giving one group of people rights above and beyond the rights of all other American citizens, a virtual legal trump card. Examples of this are feminism; black civil rights, hate crimes, gay rights, atheist rights, and now muslim rights.
This breech that has been created by socialist/progressive/liberals seeking the means to legislatively overthrow the
A seat at the front of the audience was reserved for 85-year-old Frank Kameny, who attended wearing the Combat Infantryman Badge that he was awarded for his service in World War II. Kameny recalls his service fighting in the wake of the
But Kameny was not invited because of any heroism he demonstrated in World War II, but rather for a much greater act of courage than even that conflict had demanded of him. He was invited because it was Kameny who began the assault on the military policy of discharging homosexuals by leading a demonstration at the Pentagon in 1965.
Indeed, it was Kameny who called upon the minuscule pre-Stonewall gay rights movement -- known then as the homophile movement -- to model itself upon the civil rights movement.
This may not sound radical today, but in the mid-1960s homosexuality was seen as the ultimate taboo. The sea change in American attitude towards Homosexuality, divorce, adultery, fornication and other kinds of deviancy can be traced directly to Television and Film were these former Vices were portrayed as acceptable and normal, while those that do not participate in these acts are increasingly depicted not only as bigoted hate mongers but as being abnormal. Many details of this are written and boasted of in the book ďThe Media.Ē† ††As the homophile [Manlove] movement stated, homosexuals were triply condemned: The medical establishment deemed them mentally ill, the law made them criminals, and religions branded them sinners.
At a time when lesbians and gay men were so totally ostracized, the homophile movement had decided its best tactic was to embrace the label of sickness: at least that seemed a half-step up from being criminals. But Kameny felt that such an approach was counterproductive, and that rather than begging for crumbs, gay people should demand equality with heterosexuals. To gain equality, he argued, the movement should renounce the sickness theory and embrace militant tactics.
Kameny succeeded to an astonishing degree. He led the fight for tactics such as public demonstrations, went on the attack against the Civil Service Commission for its policy of firing homosexuals and spearheaded an effort to get the homophile movement to take the position that homosexuality was not only not a mental illness but was on a par with heterosexuality. In 1968, he got the only existing national association of gay rights organizations to adopt as its slogan a phrase that Kameny had coined, "Gay Is Good."
Kameny himself had been discharged from the Army Map Service in 1957 for being gay.
His relentless efforts paid off by not only making the homophile movement more militant but in changing laws and policies. In 1973, in response to a series of court decisions in which Kameny was involved, the Civil Service Commission announced that it was ending its ban on employing homosexuals.
Another thing to consider here: If this article had been on an different subject Ė for example if it were an article on the final success of a single individual that had restored prayer back into the public schools Ė That man or ministry would be hailed, for their devotion and dedication. They would be extolled for their perseverance in the face of adversity and this would be declared a great miracle of God.† We point this out as this has been before our eyes, and ears a great working of satan.
If we had a small handful of believers in Jesus Christ, or even one individual, so loving and devoted to Christ; so perseverant in their seeking to do the word and commandments of Jesus Christ and the Apostles, so obedient to the voice of the Holy Spirit, -- the outcome of this very article would be so different. Instead of this hands down victory of satan and the powers of darkness, what would it be like to read about one person turning around and entire nation, and making it a servant of Jesus Christ?
One man like Paul, Peter, Barnabas, or the other Apostles. One man like Enoch, Noah, Abram, or Jacob.† One man like the prophets of old. One man like John Wesley, George Fox, George Whitfield, or
The problem is not that Godís hand has waxed short in our day, rather the problem is that the men and women of this Laodicean Era are seekers of personal pleasure, personal enrichment, and personal fulfillment more than they are lovers of God. †No believer no matter how you dress them up in knowledge of the word of God and of things spiritual can succeed in God if they still have one hand, one leg, or one arm that loves the things of this world.
Make no mistake despite all this manís efforts and undaunting perseverance this article would have never come to pass had not this people and this generation become lovers of God more than lovers of pleasure.† †††††††
That same year the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental illness as the result of a drive organized by Kameny. Long before the Supreme Court declared sodomy laws unconstitutional in the 2003
While waging all these other battles, Kameny did not shirk the Pentagon. To give but one example, when a decorated Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War reached out to Kameny for support with a phone call from
Months later, the Air Force veteran volunteered to serve as that case. In 1975, carefully coached and prepared by Kameny and a lawyer, Technical Sgt. Leonard Matlovich handed a letter to his superior officer stating that he was a homosexual, and the Matlovich case became a national news story.
Still, success in ending the military's discriminatory policy eluded the combined efforts of Kameny and hundreds of other activists and a slew of organizations until this week. Asked why it had taken so long to change the military's policy, Kameny responded that it was a policy that went back to George Washington's day.
Where does this leave the national movement for equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and the transgendered? Many would probably say that the biggest remaining LGBT issue is the right to marry.
But what most Americans, gay or straight, do not realize is that if a lesbian is fired from her job or thrown out of her apartment by her landlord or denied credit because of her sexual orientation, she cannot go to the federal government for redress. The reason she can't is because 60 years after gay people began to fight for their rights, Congress has not extended basic civil rights protection to LGBT people.
Not only has Congress failed to pass a comprehensive law that would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation -- protecting us in the realms of housing, employment, public accommodations and credit, for example -- but, to its shame, Congress has not even passed a much narrower law, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, that would have given LGBT people protection only in the realm of employment.
Of course, the right to marry is an important issue, but it is high time that Congress pass a law to extend civil rights that are more basic than marriage to LGBT citizens.
Today, Washington has named a street for Frank Kameny and his 1965 picket signs are in the Smithsonian Institution, (This is outrageous) but if Congress were to pass basic civil rights protection for America's LGBT citizens, it would be the greatest tribute yet to Kameny's pioneering work.