Dr. Frank Kameny is a "Founding Father" of the gay rights movement and, not coincidentally, an astronomer. This page is the Web presence of the effort to have the American Astronomical Society award a prize to Dr. Kameny for his lifelong efforts to achieve equality for GLBT Americans.
The AAS currently has no formal mechanism for recognizing astronomers for praiseworthy accomplishments outside of the context of astronomy. This nomination would establish such a prize, to be awarded occasionally, and name it after its exemplar and first recipient, Franklin Edward Kameny.
Our goal is to have the Council approve the new prize when it meets before the May 2011 Boston meeting. The final deadline for full members to submit cosponsorships is May 1, 2011.
You can learn more about Dr. Kameny in the nomination letter or from the biographical information pages.
You can learn how you can help on the "How you can help" page.
You can further support the effort through our Facebook page.
Post a comment here to describe your contribution to the effort, and thanks for your support!