December 30, 2010 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Kameny Facebook page formed to help activist

A volunteer member of the local gay charitable group Helping Our Brothers and Sisters (HOBS) has created a Facebook page intended to facilitate financial contributions to support veteran gay rights leader Frank Kameny.

In a letter to HOBS supporters and others in the LGBT community, Ben Carver announced that he has created a “Buy Frank a drink,” page on Facebook, with the intent of enabling members of the community to make a $10 donation in lieu of buying Kameny a drink to thank him for his more than 50 years of work on behalf of LGBT causes.

“I’m writing you today because while Mr. Kameny lives very simply, he has struggled to make ends meet on his slim pension,” Carver said.  “Also, while his mind is sharp, he has difficulty managing his finances. To be brief, one of our greatest heroes needs help.”

Marvin Carter, HOBS’ founder and president, noted that during a HOBS Christmas luncheon for Kameny, the nationally known activist told of his attendance at President Obama’s signing of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal bill and how Obama and Vice President Joe Biden shook his hand at the event.

Kameny, a World War II combat veteran, has been credited with starting a paralegal service to help gay and lesbian service members under investigation for their sexual orientation in the 1970s, becoming the first known gay-run effort to stop gays from being discharged from the military. The paralegal service was one of many Kameny initiatives and advocacy campaigns he organized over the years on behalf of LGBT rights.

The Kameny page can be found here.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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