Ed Team

On the Shoulders of Giants

Filed By Ed Team | April 24, 2009 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Frank Kameny, john berry, Obama Administration

"In no small part, Dr. Kameny's work, and other leaders like him, made it possible for me to stand here today."

--John Berry, the new director of the Office of Personnel Management and the highest ranking openly gay official in the Obama Administration, at his swearing-in ceremony. He was speaking of LGBT-rights pioneer Dr. Frank Kameny, who in 1957 had been fired by the federal government for being gay.

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Mark Meinke | April 24, 2009 9:11 AM

Berry does stand on the shoulders or Dr Kameny and members of the Mattachine Society of Washington who worked for a decade and a half to revers the discriminatory policies of the US Civil Service Commission.