Google honours LGBT rights leader Frank Kameny with a Doodle in honour of Pride Month

Frank Kameny: The Google Doodle, which depicts Kameny wearing a colorful garland, pays honor to him as we approach June, designated as 'Pride Month'.

Dr. Frank Kameny, an American astronomer, World War II warrior, and LGBT rights campaigner, was honored with a Google Doodle on Wednesday. The image on the website's homepage, which depicts Kameny wearing a colorful garland, pays respect to him as we approach June, which is known across the world as "Pride Month."

Google honors Kameny for "courageously setting the path for decades of change" as "one of the most famous protagonists in the US LGBTQ rights movement."

Kameny was born in Queens, New York, on May 21, 1925. At the age of 15, he enrolled at Queens College to study physics. Before earning a degree in astronomy from Harvard University, Kameny served in World War II.

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He joined the Army Map Service as an astronomer in 1957 but was fired a few months later when the government prohibited members of the LGBTQ community from federal employment.

Kameny submitted the first LGBT rights appeal to the US Supreme Court in 1961, after suing the government.

Kameny founded one of the earliest LGBT rights organizations in the United States. He disputed the American Psychiatric Association's definition of homosexuality as a mental disease in the early 1970s.

In 2009, more than 50 years after Kameny was sacked from the Army Map Service, the US government finally apologized to him.

In June 2010, a section of 17th Street NW near Dupont Circle was renamed "Frank Kameny Way" in Washington, D.C.

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