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Kameny ceremony delayed, but stone in place
by Tracy Baim, Windy City Times
2012-03-05

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A planned March 3 graveside ceremony at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. for the late gay activist Dr. Franklin E. Kameny was postponed after a disagreement surfaced between his estate and organizers of the tribute.

Many LGBTs were in town for the event, because it was held the same day as the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network national dinner, but fortunately the stones ( one a head stone, and the other a grave marker stating "Gay is Good," a phrase coined in the 1960s by Kameny ) were in place. His remains will eventually be placed at the site.

The inscription on Kameny's head stone ( provided by the U.S. Veterans Administration which identifies Kameny's rank, military service, WWII engagement and theater of battle in Germany as well as his date of birth and death ) reads: Franklin E. Kameny, PFC, U.S. Army, World War II, May 21, 1925, October 11, 2011, Germany.

The grave is just a few feet behind that of the late Sgt. Leonard Matlovich ( 1943-1988 ) . His head stone famously states: "A Gay Vietnam Veteran: When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one."


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