Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the passing of Frank Kameny, one of the nation's most prominent leaders in the fight for LGBT equality and equal rights:
"Frank Kameny's life is the story of service to his country, to the cause of equality, to the fundamental American ideals of fairness and civil rights. He turned his personal story of discrimination into action, his encounter with prejudice into determination. Through his work, he became a revered figure in the national LGBT movement; through his achievements, America became a more equal, more compassionate nation.
"Today, we see the products of Frank Kameny's activism, advocacy, and accomplishment in greater progress for millions of LGBT Americans. He was the father of our efforts for equality in Washington, DC, and he lived to see the day when LGBT residents of our nation's capital could marry and start families with those they love.
"More than half-a-century after losing his job with the U.S. Army map service because he was gay, Kameny -- a World War II veteran -- was there to watch 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' take its place in the dustbin of history, a moment, he said, 'I didn't think I'd live to see.'
"Frank Kameny's lifelong struggle for equality is a tribute to the best of American values. We are all better off for his work and his service. And we hope it is a comfort to his family, his friends, and all who loved and admired him that so many mourn his loss today."