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Frank Kameny sent out a letter of introduction on behalf of The Mattachine Society to many congressmen, hoping to form some sort of relationship in support of the organization. Unfortunately, in this letter that he received back from Congressmanā€¦

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This letter from the State Department to Frank Kameny clearly states that homosexuals were not seen as qualified to be employed by the government, because they were "threats to national security", and generally treated as second class citizens.

This photograph from the First National March on WAshington for Lesbian and Gay Rights shows a sign for one of the earliest chapters of PFLAG (parents and friends of lesbians and gays).

One of the buttons used to protest for LGBT Rights in DC

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President Eisenhower signed Executive Order 10450 in order to make sexual orientation a legal grounds for dismissal from the US government job sector, on the basis of "keeping up good moral character and conduct". This document shows that theā€¦

Frank Kameny was the founder, and the origin of the shockwave that began the LGBT Rights Activism movement in Washington D.C. He was also the founder of the Mattachine Society

In 1971, Dr. Kameny became the first openly homosexual candidate for the US Congress when he ran in the District of Columbia's first election for a non-voting delegate to Congress.


These are some of the first picket signs used to protest for LGBT Rights. They are hand lettered

This is one of the buttons used to protest for LGBT Rights in DC

A button used to protest and raised awareness for LGBT Rights
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