Today In Gay – April 17, 1965: Frank Kameny Leads First “Homosexual” Protest At The White House

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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  1. The Full Monte says:

    This is an excellent indictment against the LGBT community. We have become complacent and comfortable in our place, set for us by legislators and society. It's time once again for some good old fashioned civil disobedience. Groups like QUEER RISING and others can't be expected to do all the "dirty work", it's sad to me to see a call to action sent by QR or another activist group for US to show up and only a handful of US show. We have to get back to that same mentality of the Stonewall uprising and the Mattachine group that we'll not be silent and complacent, but instead be LOUD AND PROUD!

  2. Excellent article! Jack was a good friend and my friend, Paul D. Cain, and I are in the process of editing Jack Nichols posthumous memoirs which are scheduled to be released on December 1, 2012. I hope people will buy it and read it and perhaps it will ignite the fire in our community again.

    Part of the problem is the “instant gratification” of the internet. Put up a petition and POOF! You’re an instant activist by signing it! Or at least that’s what many people believe.

    The other part of the problem is that the HRC and the NGLTF are shoving our community toward tiny bits and pieces of equality but not total equality and that’s because if they dared to guide us toward total equality their directors would lose their six-figure jobs if we achieved it, wouldn’t they?

    We have a brainwashed LGBT community who have become “sheeple” and we desperately need to change them into individuals who need to think for themselves.

    We have much work to do and a lot of education within our own community.

  3. Well, written article, thank you for the information.

  1. March 27, 2014

    […] third secondary source that I will be pulling information from is an article written about the first LGBT rights protest in front of the White House lead by Frank Kamery on April 17th, 1965. The article includes a […]

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