Today in History: Frank Kameny

Today in History–April 17–the Library of Congress features pioneering gay rights activist Frank (Franklin E.) Kameny, who led the first organized White House picket for gay rights on this date in 1965 with the Mattachine Society of Washington. Prior to that, in 1961, he was the first person  to petition the Supreme Court with a discrimination claim based on sexual orientation. Learn more about Kameny, the protest, and more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access additional related resources.

Items from the Frank Kameny Collection primary source set

Mattachine Society of Washington News Bulletin April 17, 1965

Frank Kameny oral history interview 2003

Television episodes featuring Frank Kameny American Archive of Public Broadcasting

Historical newspaper articles about Franklin Kameny

Historical newspaper articles about the Mattachine Society

Television and radio episodes talking about the Mattachine Society American Archive of Public Broadcasting

Mattachine Society and Daughters of Bilitis Lending Hands, Joining Hands online exhibition items

The Mattachine Society resource guide

Harry Hay: Founding the Mattachine Society OutHistory

From the Serial Set: Pride in the Face of Prejudice In Custodia Legis

Lilli Vincenz and the Power of Pride Now See Hear!

Collections Spotlight: LGBTQ+ Resources